Goalkeeper willing to fight for Millwall place

TOM King is determined to battle for his place when he returns to Millwall this summer.

King, 23, signed a deal in January until 2019 before joining Stevenage on loan.

He has been a regular for the League Two side, playing 19 times as Stevenage head for a mid-table finish.

King joined Millwall after being released by Crystal Palace and made his debut last season before going on to play 17 games and keeping six clean sheets.

He was frustrated in his efforts to challenge Jordan Archer for the number one goalkeeper’s jersey when Neil Harris brought in David Martin on a free transfer and made him second choice.

Martin then extended his contract for another year earlier this season, prompting King to seek a move away. He held talks with Forest Green before deciding to join a club higher up in the table.

He will go back to Millwall determined to give himself the chance to move up the pecking order.

“I’m going to get back and see if I can muscle my way in and challenge,” King said. “I want to be in the best shape I can. I’ll have a chat with the manager whenever their season ends and see what his plans are.

“I intend to do what I do every summer and get myself into the best possible condition. If it doesn’t work out for me then I will throw my name into the hat for another move away because I want to play games.

“I’m confident enough in my ability that I can play in any team, but I’m more than happy to see what the summer brings.”

*Read a longer interview with Tom King in this week's Southwark News print edition where he talks about living in a hotel in Steveange and raising quizzical looks from staff, catching up with  mentor David Forde over dinner, and why a 6-0 defeat was a career highlight.

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John Kelly