'He has made monumental progression' – Millwall boss pleased with defender deal

JAMES Meredith has signed a new deal with Millwall – with Lions boss Neil Harris hailing the left-back as "one of the best in the division".

In keeping with their new policy, Millwall announced a "long-term" contract for the 30-year-old Australian international.

Meredith, 30, joined from Bradford on a two-year deal last summer and started all of the Lions' 46 Championship games.

Meredith, who was part of the Socceroos squad at the World Cup in Russia, featured in his first pre-season game on Saturday as Millwall defeated Cambridge United 2-0.

"It's nice, I'm really happy to agree terms, sign again and further my career at Millwall," Meredith told Millwall's official website.

"We've got a really exciting future here."

"I'm finding my way back into pre-season, obviously getting a bit of an extended break, but I'm really looking forward to the start of the season against Middlesbrough.

"I'm sure the atmosphere will be electric for another big year at The Den."

Harris added: "Naturally I'm very pleased that James has extended his contract.

"He had an exceptional season last year. Statistics show that he was one of the best in the division in his position and popular opinion backs it up.

"James is settled in London and in our dressing room. He has made monumental progression as a player, culminating in his call-up to Australia's World Cup squad, which was all down to his fine form on the pitch and professionalism off it."

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John Kelly