JOHN Marquis says he wants to prove to Millwall fans that his experiences while out on loan have made him a better player.
The Lewishan-born striker this week signed a new one-year deal with the Lions with the possibility of a further 12-month extension.
Marquis, 23, has spent time at Portsmouth, Torquay, Northampton and Cheltenham and enjoyed the most productive spell of his career at Gillingham last season where he scored eight goals in 18 starts in League One.
“It hasn’t been just the Gillingham experience,” he said. “It’s all the loans I’ve had. I’ve learnt what I’m good at and obviously the game time has been important as well.
“I feel that I can contribute. I want to show everyone that I have improved and I can help get the goals that can get us back into the Championship.”
Marquis will go on a break from today and when he gets back is looking forward to working with manager Neil Harris, who he believes will push his development further.
He said: “Chopper was a massive influence in the decision. I feel he can get the best out of me as a player.
“I’m really excited to get the deal done and get back on the training ground with the boys to get ready for the new season.”