Millwall take gamble on Non-League striker. Could he be the next Beckford or Vardy?

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Millwall have signed striker Lee Gregory from FC Halfiax Town for an undisclosed fee.

Ian Holloway has decided to bring in Lee Gregory from FC Halifax Town and give the 25-year-old his first shot at the Football League.

Gregory scored 32 goals in the Skrill Premier last season as he helped his side to a place in the play-offs. Millwall have now won the chase beating off numerous other clubs to bring Gregory to The New Den and he has signed a three-year-deal with the club.

That was FC Halifax's first season in the Skrill Premier since they were established in 2008 and in the previous two seasons, Gregory was also their top goal scorer. The big step up is something he will relish now and he is hoping to follow in the footsteps of two former Millwall strikers Neil Harris and Steve Morison.

Speaking to the official website he said"It's a massive step up, but one that I think I am capable of making and I'll see what happens."

"I know that Neil Harris and Steve Morison have made a successful transition from non-league football and I'm confident that I can do the same."

Morison joined from Stevenage and scored 40 goals in two season s before joining Norwich City and then returned on a loan deal last season from Leeds United. Neil Harris joined from Cambridge United and went on to become the club's record goal scorer.

Two more strikers that Gregory will be using as inspiration are Jermaine Beckford and another former FC Halifax player Jamie Vardy. Beckford came from Non-League obscurity at Wealdstone and during his time there he also worked as a windscreen fitter for the RAC.

He joined Leeds United and then went on to play in the Premier League for Everton. He has since been playing in the Championship for Leicester City, Huddersfield Town and currently Bolton Wanderers.

Jamie Vardy played for Halifax in the Northern Premier Division and helped them gain promotion to the Confernce North before departing to Fleetwood Town. He helped them to promotion as well and into the Football League and it was Leicester City who decided to bring him into the Championship for a potential fee of £1.7 million.

He took him a while to find his feet and in his first season he scored just four goals in his first season, but last season he established himself in the side. He scored 16 as they returned to the top flight where he will be keen to make his mark.

Players have successfully made the step up from Non-League before and Lee Gregory will be hoping he can have an impact for Millwall and perhaps go on to play in the Premier League just like Steve Morison, Jermaine Beckford and Jamie Vardy.



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