Winger on uncertainty before signing long-term Millwall contract

SHANE Ferguson admitted there were doubts over his Millwall future last summer – but now he wants to stay for "as long as possible". 

Northern Ireland international Ferguson, who will turn 28 in July, agreed a new long-term Lions contract last week. Millwall don't reveal the lengths of their players' deals, but Ferguson's is likely to be until at least the summer of 2021.

Ferguson couldn't even make Millwall's match-day squad in the second half of last season, and wasn't a regular earlier in this campaign.

His Millwall career appeared under threat when Neil Harris signed Jiri Skalak, but instead Ferguson knuckled down before winning a regular starting spot in October and playing some of his best football for the club.

The parties had been in talks for a number of weeks.

"I was delighted. If you asked me in the summer if I was going to be in that position [being offered a new deal] I probably would have said no," Ferguson admitted.

"I worked hard to try to get into that position and I'm really thankful to the manager for showing faith in me. I was talking to him a lot and he was telling me to keep my head down and if I got the chance and grabbed the shirt it was mine.

"I've loved my time here in London, I didn't think when I came from up north I'd enjoy it as much as I have. Hopefully I can stay here for as long as possible and keep enjoying my football with Millwall."

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John Kelly