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Millwall boss Ian Holloway 'delighted' with Michael Tonge signing after deadline day deal

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Millwall manager Ian Holloway says he is delighted to be working with Leeds midfielder Michael Tonge.

Millwall manager Ian Holloway told News At Den that he is delighted to have landed Leeds midfielder Michael Tonge on deadline day.

The Lions lie in 22nd place in the Championship table, and with just one win in the last seven games, the pressure is on Holloway to drag the club away from the relegation zone.

In a bid to do that, the former Blackpool and Crystal Palace boss was active in the transfer market on deadline day, signing Tottenham goalkeeper Jordan Archer and Leeds midfielder Tonge, both on loan until the end of the season.

31-year-old midfielder Tonge has been on the fringes of the Leeds side this season, making just four league starts for the club before his departure on Monday.

However, there is the old adage of one man's trash being another man's treasure, and Holloway says he's happy to have brought Tonge to The New Den.

"Tonge can play anywhere in midfield – on the left, on the right, sitting or attacking – and that's vital because Nicky Bailey and Angel Martinez are coming back from injuries," said Holloway. "Hopefully they will come back and I'll be spoilt for choice but Tonge is really experienced and really wanted to come."

Former Leeds assistant and caretaker manager Nigel Gibbs is currently assistant manager at Millwall, and Holloway admitted that he played a part in Tonge's move before saying how delighted he was to have the experienced midfielder.

"Nigel Gibbs worked with him at Leeds so he knows him really well and I'm delighted to be working with him. He's been a breathe of fresh air in training already and his running stats are very impressive," he added.

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