MILLWALL have signed Shane Ferguson on a 93-day loan deal from Newcastle United.
The Northern Ireland international, who can play at left-back or on the left wing, is Millwall’s second first-team signing this week after Steve Morison re-joined the club on Tuesday.
The move is something of a coup for manager Neil Harris as Ferguson has Premier League experience as well as 18 international caps having made his debut against Italy in 2009.
Harris has also wanted to bring in a naturally left-footed player to give the side width and add to the attacking options on the flank.
Ferguson came through the youth system with the Magpies, making his debut in a League Cup tie in 2010 and his Premier League bow in January, 2011.
He has enjoyed two separate loan spells at Birmingham City and spent the latter part of last season on loan at Glasgow Rangers, starting in their controversial 3-1 second leg Premiership play-off defeat against Motherwell.
Ferguson, 24, will offer the Lions balance on the left and with Joe Martin currently injured he can slot comfortably in at left-back or provide competition for Lee Martin further forward.
He is highly rated by his international boss Michael O’Neill and has been part of Northern Ireland’s surprise push to qualify for Euro 2016, starting in their 2-0 win away to Greece last October.
He was part of Newcastle’s squad for their US tour and even found himself starting at centre-back for Steve McLaren’s under-strength side in their 4-3 defeat to Portland Timbers.
But it is his crossing ability and pace that attracted Harris and he will offer Millwall a new attacking dimension.