Barron to join Millwall
FORMER Ipswich player Scott Barron is joining League One side Millwall.And the Lions could make it a double deal with a swoop for another ex-Town star in Darren Currie.
By Mel Henderson
FORMER Ipswich player Scott Barron is joining League One side Millwall.
And the Lions could make it a double deal with a swoop for another ex-Town star in Darren Currie.
Barron, 21, was released by Jim Magilton at the end of last season and has been snapped up by former Portman Road assistant manager Willie Donachie, now in charge of the South London club.
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Donachie is also keen to sign Currie, who was also told his
Town days were over and who finished the season on loan to Championship play-off winners Derby County.
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But the Lions' boss must first clear the decks at The Den, with at least two players earmarked for moves, before he can confirm his offer.
He failed to land a permanent deal with the Rams and is on the lookout for a new club, with Millwall rekindling an interest they first showed in January.
The 32-year-old winger was on loan to Coventry then and saw a permanent switch to Highfield Road vetoed by the sacking of Sky Blues' boss Micky Adams.
Currie, who ended up staying with Ipswich until his loan switch to Derby, is also thought to be interesting Colchester.
Meanwhile, Donachie is delighted to have captured Barron on a two-year deal.
He said: “Scott is a very good professional and after failing to break into Jim's team, he wants to prove them wrong by doing well with us.
“I had backed him to become a good first team player at Ipswich.
“He is not the biggest, but he has really worked on his fitness and got a lot stronger recently - and he can run all day. He can play anywhere on the left.”
Barron spent the latter part of last season on loan to League Two strugglers Wrexham, where he made three first team appearances.
He spent a year on the sidelines with a troublesome groin injury and it was during the reign of Joe Royle and Donachie that the
academy graduate enjoyed the longest first-team run in his time at Portman Road.
He made 16 appearances in the 2005-2006 campaign, including 14 on the trot, and in March last year he agreed a new two-year deal.
However, he failed to make a single appearance under new boss Magilton last season and the club reached agreement with him last month on the remaining year of his contract.
Town trio Danny Haynes, Liam Trotter and Chris Casement all had loan spells with Millwall last season.
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