Millwall centre-back Hutchinson on Middlesbrough reunion with Saville

SHAUN Hutchinson has admitted that Millwall have missed George Saville’s influence this season. 

Saville left Millwall four games into this campaign and could come up against his former side when Millwall face Middlesbrough this Saturday.

Boro’s pursuit of Saville dragged on all through August before the clubs struck a deal on deadline day and Millwall signed Ryan Leonard as his replacement.

Saville failed to hold down a regular place in the side in the early part of his Boro career but has made his mark more recently.

Hutchinson stressed Millwall players hold no grudges against their former team-mate.

“Everyone loves him, he was a great guy to have around,” Hutchinson said. “He was a great guy on the pitch as well. Every dressing room needs that kind of character. He’s been missed.

“But he got a good move and we don’t hold anything against him. He’ll chat to all of us because I think he enjoyed his time here.”

Saville scored 10 league goals for Millwall last season.

George Saville's last game for Millwall was against Sheffield Wednesday

“One thing with Sav is if you give him a chance to run off you or nick the ball he’ll be there at your feet straightaway,” Hutchinson added. “He’s a threat with his energy and his presence.

“When you were playing with him you always knew he was there, so I’m sure it’s the same effect playing against him.

“He’ll know our strengths as well. We’re looking forward to seeing him.”

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John Kelly