Once tipped for 'great future', ex-Manchester United youngster lands Millwall trial

The Den, Millwall

Ex-Manchester United winger Chris Eagles is finally set to return to football having been handed a trial by Millwall.

Millwall recovered from the dismal Steve Lomas era to finish four points clear of the relegation zone last season, with Iain Holloway guiding the club to Championship survival. The former Blackpool and Crystal Palace boss has been backed this summer with the signings of Byron Webster, Matthew Briggs, Carlos Edwards, Angel Martinez, Magaye Gueye, Lee Gregory and Ricardo Fuller.

So far, the Lions have made a solid if unspectacular start to the season as Holloway's men sit in 13th place with 11 points from the first eight games of the season. After handing a trial to former Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant, it's clear that Holloway is on the lookout for a new winger - and now he may have found one.

Ex-Manchester United youngster Chris Eagles is a free agent after leaving Bolton Wanderers at the end of his contract this summer, and whilst a move to Charlton Athletic had been mooted earlier this summer, it seems that the 28-year-old is set to start a trial at The New Den with a view to joining the Lions.

Originally from London, the winger may welcome a move back to the capital and a chance to resurrect his career with Milwall should be of interest to Eagles.

During his time at Manchester United, Eagles only made 17 appearances and scored one goal - despite then-manager Sir Alex Ferguson tipping him for big things at Old Trafford.

"Chris Eagles has matured and improved a lot since he came back to us," said Ferguson after the winger returned from a loan deal with NEC Nijmegen in 2007. "He is still only 21 and he has got a great future ahead of him."

Yet just a year later, Eagles had been sold to Burnley, where he helped the Clarets achieve promotion to the Premier League, before linking up with former Burnley boss Owen Coyle after the Scot left Turf Moor for Bolton.

A player whose career will always have the tagline 'unfulfilled potential' attached to it, Eagles is really drinking in the last chance saloon now - and needs to impress Millwall in his upcoming trial.

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