New Millwall striker says Huddersfield are the example ahead of Championship return

TOM Elliott believes “the sky is the limit” for his new club as he looks forward to playing Championship football next season.

Striker Elliott, who completed his move to Millwall from AFC Wimbledon last week, pointed to the example of Huddersfield, who were promoted to the Premier League after beating Reading in the play-off final in May.

Huddersfield’s wage bill was similar to Rotherham’s, who were relegated to League One last season after finishing bottom of the Championship table.

Elliott was one of two free-transfer signings confirmed by Millwall last week, along with defender James Meredith from Bradford.

Millwall will have one of the smallest budgets in the second tier, and only Burton Albion (150/1) are longer odds with Sky Bet than the Lions (100/1) to win the Championship title. Neil Harris' side are 9/4 to go straight back down.

Elliott, 26, hasn’t played Championship football since 2006-07 when he made his first-team debut for Leeds United as a 16-year-old.

He was playing in the fourth tier up to 2015-16 when he helped the Dons to promotion from League Two.

Elliott scored 13 goals in 46 games for the Dons last season, before he decided the time was right to test himself at a higher level.

“I was honest with [Dons boss] Neil Ardley and the club, and I pretty much said if I got a chance to play in the Championship I wanted to take it,” Elliott explained.

“I'm ambitious and I want to see how far I can go, to test my level and see where I can play and what my limit is.

“It’s a crazy league. You look at last season, Huddersfield got promoted and no one ever would have thought they would have gone up.

“I think the sky is the limit, but we aren't going to know until we step on that pitch and we’ve played the first few games.

“I'm excited and I can tell by the gaffer that he is excited, too. I think we can cause a few problems.”

Millwall are back in pre-season training on June 26, when Elliott will meet his new team-mates. He thanked his former club after completing his move to the Lions, and he feels he will quickly find his feet in his new surroundings.

Elliott said: “I’ve only played briefly with David Worrall, we were both at Bury together when I was 18 but that’s the only one I know.

“I’m pretty easy-going and laid-back. Hopefully I'm a likeable person, it should be fine settling in.

“Since I signed for Wimbledon Neil Ardley put his arm around me and guided me.

“I went there a young man and I feel like I have grown up and I'm more experienced, it has taught me a lot.

“[Dons coaches] Neil Cox, Simon Bassey and Alan Reeves were people that were amazing with me, to be honest, I can't thank them enough.

“They’ve got me to this point where I'm playing in the Championship for a big team like Millwall.

“They've made me grow and become better as a football player, I would like to thank them a lot.

“I want to also thank my team-mates at Wimbledon, we had a good group, that’s what got us promoted to League One.”

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John Kelly