New Millwall man saw Lions as perfect fit when asked by Brighton about his future

NEIL Harris revealed new signing Jayson Molumby suggested Millwall as a destination when asked by Brighton where he saw his immediate future.

Millwall completed a season-long loan deal for the Ireland under-21 international midfielder on Tuesday.

Molumby will compete with Ben Thompson, Ryan Leonard and Shaun Williams in the Lions’ midfield.

“Jayson was asked himself where he thought his immediate future lay a few weeks ago, and his suggestion to Brighton was Millwall, because of the way he plays,” Harris told Millwall’s official website.

“That was very interesting and without any prompting from us at all. He sees himself fitting the bill, and his character when I’ve spoken to him shows him as a passionate young man, who wants to play.

“We’re very excited to work with Jayson. He had an exceptional summer at the Toulon Tournament with Ireland, and he’s got the potential to be a good all-round midfield player. We don’t take many loans from Premier League clubs – especially young ones – firstly because they’re not always the right character we want to take, and secondly because we have to be mindful of what we’ve got in our own club.

“Within our set-up at the moment I believe we have room for a central midfield player of Jayson’s qualities. We also have some cracking young boys in the under-23s and under-18s who at the moment aren’t quite ready to step in, so it gives them a chance to further develop.

“Jayson is a competitive lad who gets around the pitch, and is also an excellent footballer. He can really play and has a great passing range.

“He signed a new long-term contract with Brighton before coming here, and they hold him in very high regard. He comes in to help us as a group, he comes in to want to develop himself, and Brighton are happy to have a relationship with us to allow their player to develop.

“It’s telling of his character that he could have stayed at Brighton this season, trained with the first team and maybe got a game, but he wanted to step out and try to play regularly at Championship level.

“He had opportunities to go to the division below and wear the number eight shirt, but he wanted to come here and test himself and compete with the players we’ve got.

“They are the characteristics you want when you bring in players from the level above. I’ve told Jayson that he comes with the right pedigree, passion and we’re giving him the platform to develop. It’s down to him and down to us to make it work.

“Jayson competes with Shaun Williams who is an Irish international, Ryan Leonard who has been outstanding for a number of years and who we will still see the best from, and Ben Thompson who has shone through to probably be a pivotal player for us this season.

“He has people to compete with, work alongside and look up to, and he has Dave Livermore to guide him who knows what it takes to play in the centre of the park for Millwall Football Club.

“He wants to learn, to develop and to fit into our dressing room. He’s a real positive one.”

Molumby is unlikely to feature in friendlies against Southend and Real Sociedad, or against Preston on the opening day of the Championship as he catches up on fitness.

Harris added: “He’s a naturally fit lad, he has a big heart and wants to be involved. Leading into the second week of the season and the West Brom games, that looks more realistic for him.

“We’ll take it a day at a time with him – he trained with the group for an hour on his arrival, and he’ll train with the group staying behind at Calmont while we go to Southend. We’ll adjust his patterns during the week to suit what the rest of the boys do.”

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John Kelly