HAVING served Sheffield United with distinction for 12 years, Nick Montgomery has achieved most of his career landmarks at Bramall Lane.
But, after leaving South Yorkshire on loan earlier this week, the former Scotland Under-21 international is expected to make his 400th appearance in all competitions wearing the blue shirt of Millwall rather than the famous red and white stripes.
Fittingly, however, Montgomery should achieve the feat against his home-town club, Leeds, when they travel to The New Den later today.
Another twist of fate means that, team selection depending, the midfielder will find himself competing against opponents managed by Neil Warnock who was responsible for giving Montgomery his big break at United over a decade ago.
Warnock, who took charge at Elland Road last month, admitted he considered signing Montgomery before his move to the capital but the presence of another United old boy at Leeds – Michael Brown – persuaded him to hold fire.
“They’ve left Monty go to Millwall and I thought about bringing him here,” Warnock said.
“But Browny and (Adam) Clayton have done ever so well.
“Even with what happened the other night (against Nottingham Forest) when we got beat (7-3) I thought Browny was our best player.”
Montgomery returns to United ahead of their visit to Exeter City on Saturday May 5
Millwall complete their Championship campaign a week earlier.
Meanwhile, United’s Central League Central Division fixture against Port Vale next month has been switched to Shirecliffe. The contest, which takes place on Wednesday April 11, is scheduled to kick off at 1pm.
Chris Morgan’s side play their final game in the competition when they host Nottingham Forest on May 1.