Hillsborough old boy lands Lions deal

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MILLWALL’s ex-Sheffield Wednesday defender, Darren Purse, has signed a new one-year contract.

The boyhood Lions fan, aged 34, arrived at The Den from the Owls in January and has now committed himself to the club until next summer.

“Everyone knows how thrilled I was to have the chance to play for Millwall and things could not have gone better for me,” he said.

“I’ve settled in with the other lads really well, and to be involved in the promotion race going into the final month of the season is great for everyone here.

“Whatever happens in the last seven games, I can only see things getting better and better for Millwall, with the manager, the set-up and the squad we have here.

“I’m really looking forward to being part of it.”

Purse has helped Milwall into eighth spot in the Championship table, three points adrift of the play-off places. The Stepney born player, a a former England under-21 international, had more than 60 games for Wednesday.

He left the club by ‘mutual consent’ on January 20.

n Derby are delaying Shaun Barker’s knee operation until the club are safe from relegation.

The influential centre-half - a former Rotherham United man - has played for much of the season with a knee problem and he is likely to be out for around 12 weeks following surgery.

But his importance to the team means the 28-year-old will continue to play through the discomfort while the Rams scrap for points.

Meanwhile, Rams duo Paul Green and Gareth Roberts could miss the remainder of the season after suffering knee injuries against Cardiff.

n Exeter have signed Manchester City youngster James Wood on loan until the end of the season.