Millwall boosted by signing of Championship forward ahead of Sheffield Wednesday clash

Millwall will have a new goal threat available to them at Hillsborough on Saturday after they unveiled the signing of Derby County’s Mason Bennett on an initial six-month loan deal.

Thursday, 30th January 2020, 5:00 pm

The news will be welcome by Lions fans, who have watched their team rise into play-off contention since the appointment of Gary Rowett in October.

Bennett is a player well known to Rowett, with the two having worked together at Derby previously.

The 23-year-old played only seven times in the Championship this season having been arrested for drink-driving in September after an incident that put club captain Richard Keogh out injured for the season.

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Rowett said: “It's a loan initially, but of course with anyone we bring in, there is the opportunity to bring them in permanently should things go well.

“He's a young player who has a lot of potential still to achieve, but he is a player who I've worked with and I know his qualities and characteristics.

“He is a powerful and pacey runner and different to what we've got.

“He is a player who has been highly regarded by different managers and we need to try and keep him fit - that's the challenge as he has been really unfortunate with injuries.”

Millwall manager Gary Rowett is happy to have signed Mason Bennett on loan from Derby County.

The Millwall boss said the weekend’s trip to Hillsborough kicks off a testing few weeks.

Rowett said: “Since we’ve come in, we’ve had a fantastic start to life here.

“We have to learn there’s another level in this division – the next month will be a real test.”

New Millwall loan signing Mason Bennett has had playing opportunities limited at Derby this season.