Millwall agree deal to sign Alex Pearce on permanent basis

MILLWALL have agreed a deal to sign Derby County defender Alex Pearce on a permanent basis.

Pearce will join the club on 1 July when his Rams contract expires and will become Neil Harris' first signing of the summer.

The 30-year-old makes the permanent switch after enjoying a highly successful loan spell at The Den in the second half of last season.

Pearce made 15 appearances for Millwall – with 14 of those from the start – scoring once, the opening goal in the FA Cup Quarter-Final defeat to Brighton in March and often wore the captains armband during his first stint in South London.

The Republic of Ireland international started his career at Reading and played 240 games for the Royals before signing for Derby in the summer of 2015.

But it didn't quite happen for Pearce at Pride Park, making just 58 appearances across a three-and-a-half year spell, with only one of those coming under Frank Lampard on the opening day of last season before his loan move to Millwall in January.

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