Meredith reveals why he chose Millwall over Bolton

JAMES Meredith has revealed how Neil Harris was the driving force behind his decision to join Millwall.

The 29-year-old is due at his new club for a medical next Friday before putting pen-to-paper on a two-year-deal ahead of the Lions’ return to the Championship.

A reunion with former Bradford boss Phil Parkinson – now at Bolton – was on the cards before the Australian sat down with Harris, who persuaded him to move to SE16.

“There were a few Championship clubs and some in League One,” Meredith told The Telegraph and Argus.

“I sat down with a couple but Neil Harris was the one who came across best to me.

“He said he wanted to fit me into the team and spoke very well and that was a big contributor to making my decision.

“There was a lot of talk going on between us and Bolton as well but, after weighing everything up, I felt Millwall was the best move for me.”

Meredith was in the Bradford side that lost 1-0 to Millwall at Wembley last month in the League One play-off final.

Nine days after that defeat with his former side, the Lions swooped to secure his services.

And the defender now looking ahead to his first season in the Championship, with Millwall.

“There are always rumours but I became aware of strong interest just after the play-off final,” said Meredith.

“I want to come back stronger, fitter, better on the ball and give them a better year than I’ve ever done before.

“There are so many big clubs in this division – every game is a big one. This year there were four or five fixtures that stood out like that but in the Championship, it’s every week.

“I’ve dreamed about playing in the Championship for a long time."

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Jay Taylor