Striker rejected Gillingham to sign for Millwall

HARRY Smith has revealed he turned down a two-year deal from Gillingham to sign for Millwall.  

Smith, 21, joined the Lions from Folkestone Invicta in August after a successful trial spell with the club during which he played in three pre-season friendlies.

The former Sittingbourne centre-forward, whose family all support Millwall, has scored three goals in six games for Justin Skinner’s U23 side despite their difficult start to the season in the Professional Development League.

Smith was close to signing for Aberdeen last season after a trial with the Scottish Premiership side, but that deal fell through.

Although he was confident Lions boss Neil Harris was interested in securing his signature, Smith admitted he feared he wouldn’t be offered a professional deal after he felt he hadn't done himself justice in Millwall’s friendly defeat to Dover in July.

He explained: “I thought after the last game, when I didn’t have the best of games, that would probably be it.

“So I went to Gillingham for a week and after one training session I had a call saying the gaffer wanted to speak to me. I came down here on a Thursday and spoke with Neil and my mind was basically made up there and then.

“I kind of had an inkling that they were interested in offering me something. Gillingham offered me a two-year deal as well, but I’d already had two or three weeks here on trial so I knew about the place already and was getting to know the players a bit more.

“My mind was set on here from day one.”

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John Kelly