Exclusive: Aiden O’Brien to make Millwall exit

Millwall manager Gary Rowett has confirmed that Aiden O’Brien will move on this summer.

The 26-year-old attacker was due to be a free agent at the end of June but extended his stay by a further month to cover the Championship’s late finish.

O’Brien came through the youth ranks at the Lions but has struggled to hold down a starting spot in the past couple of seasons.

He has scored 44 goals in 226 appearances for the South London club.

“Aiden came to see me a while ago to ask his situation and I couldn’t really give him anything definitive,” said Rowett. “He really wanted a steer and I told him that as we stand I think he has to move on and play.

“I think he understands that. He’s been at Millwall a long time and the fact he has been injured towards the end of this season has been tough for him. He hasn’t had those last few games with the team and in front of the fans. It’s a really tough ending for him.

“Every player gets to a point where they need a change and a fresh environment – for the good of Aiden’s career he probably needs that.

“We at least need to give ourselves some flexibility to bring some other players into the group.

“It was a really difficult decision but one we felt was the right one for everyone.

“I have to say Aiden’s attitude has been brilliant this season and it was brilliant after I told him. He has to be massively commended for his professionalism.”



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