Lions confirm Ward deal
By Graeme Bailey. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Millwall have confirmed that they have begrudgingly accepted an offer for defender Darren Ward.
The Lions accepted an offer of £1.1 million from Crystal Palace and Ward now looks set to make the move across South London.
Chairman Jeff Burnige confirmed that Ward rejected a number of clubs including a Premiership one in order to seal a deal with Palace.
"I made it abundantly clear to Darren, his advisors and many enquiring clubs that Millwall were not seeking to make him available for transfer," Burnige told the club's website.
"Despite our position, at the end of last week, it emerged that at least three clubs were considering bids of around £1 million. One of these was a Premiership club, and Darren seemed quite determined to move on.
"At the last minute, Crystal Palace made their offer, which threw a spanner in the works, to say the least.
"I am sure that all Millwall fans would have preferred him to move to a Premiership club, and certainly not to one of our fiercest rivals.
"However, once Darren had made his decision, the board had to accept the situation and the fee agreed represents good business for our club."