AIDEN O’Brien had extra reason this week to look forward to the new season – John Terry’s arrival at Aston Villa.
Terry, 36, left Chelsea this summer after 20 seasons as a senior professional during which time he won five Premier League winners medals, five FA Cups, three League Cups, a Europa Cup and the Champions League.
Terry turned down offers from Premier League Swansea and West Brom to sign for Steve Bruce's Villa on a £60,000-a-week one-year deal.
Millwall face Aston Villa for the first time in a league fixture since a top-flight game in April 1990 when they travel to Villa Park on December 9.
Terry’s final game as a professional footballer could be at The Den, where the Lions meet the Villans on the final day of the 2017-18 Championship season.
O’Brien says he “can feel” Millwall are going have a positive season as he looks forward to coming up against one of the best defenders of the last generation.
He said: “That’s one of those games now where you think, ‘John Terry is there, I want to play against one of the best defenders in the world, one of the best ever’.
“Besides John Terry, though, there are so many good players all over the park in each team. That’s going to make it a tough campaign.
“But it’s a challenge we should all look forward to and embrace. It’s going to be a very good season for us, I can feel it.”
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