It seems Kenny Jackett has learned from one of his major mistakes last season; signing players way too late in the transfer window.
Lions fans were treated to a somewhat panic buy on transfer deadline day in August 2010, with the signings of Dany N’Guessen, Liam Feeney and loan signing of once Millwall loanee Jay Simpson. But it seems Millwall won’t have to worry about deadline day signings just yet this time around.
Just two weeks since the season ended and Jackett made his first signing, this came in the form of veteran goalie Maik Taylor after his contract expired at Championship rivals Leeds United. With Taylor keeping six clean sheets in the final 10 games of the season; including two penalty saves in two games; he was always going to be on Jacketts radar.
Taylor’s arrival can also solve the problem with the number 1 slot at Millwall with both David Forde and Steve Mildenhall playing their part. Taylor upstaged them both with strong performances that will surely make him a fans favourite at The Den. The goalkeeping position is surely one of the improvements that had to be made and I’m glad KJ has done it so quickly
It also seems like KJ will be killing two birds with one stone, with the signing of Scott Malone from AFC Bournemouth. He will join the Lions from Bournemouth after only signing for the cherries from Wolves in January, with Josh McQuoid going back the other way to his back former club in League One.
Malone can play either left back or left wing, positions that were a major weakness last season. Jackett was so eager to get the deal done, Malone flew back to Gatwick to take his medical from his summer holiday, before flying back to Marbella the same day.
Despite the signing Malone, Jackett will be desperately disappointed with Josh McQuoid. Signed with much potential that was never fulfilled, the youngster spent the second half of the season at fellow Championship side Burnley. With a string of rumours of bust-ups, plus persistent little niggling injuries it was going to be hard for McQuoid to establish himself at The Den. Mcquoid will be gone but not long forgotten, because of the rumoured price tag.
The quick deals seem to be coming thick and fast for the Lions as Chris Taylor of Oldham has held “initial talks” with the club and could be signing in the next week. Taylor has only played for one club, his boyhood Oldham Athletic for whom he played over 300 times before allowing his contract to expire this summer.
Taylor can play as a left winger but can also play on the right wing due to his strong right foot. Many of Taylor’s goals come from cutting in from the left and scoring with his right. With winger Hameur Bouazza surely leaving the club the left wing was a position that had to be desperately improved, Jacket will surely pleased that he’s got his man.
It seems Kenny has Learnt the error of his ways and decided to shop around early, three signings before the start of June, anyone getting a bit excited for the new season already?