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Garvan: I can help Millwall avoid drop

AFTER SWAPPING the Premier League for a relegation battle in the Championship, Irish midfielder Owen Garvan hopes he can help keep Millwall out of trouble.

The former U21 cap has just agreed a loan move to Millwall from Crystal Palace following a frustrating period for the Dubliner.

Garvan was in the Palace side at the beginning of the season, starting in midfield in their opening game of the Premier League campaign, but he failed to make the cut when then manager Ian Holloway named his 25-man squad for the next stage of the Premier League season and Garvan had to make do with reserve games.

He then suffered a knee injury and was sidelined for two months. After he regained fitness, he was keen to get games and now Lions boss Holloway has moved to bring Garvan to the New Den, hoping he can assist in their battle to stay out of League Two.

"Millwall are in a bit of a difficult situation, but hopefully I can help play my part in turning the results around," said Garvan.

"As a professional player, you can't beat that feeling of playing on a Saturday and picking up three points and that's what I'm here to achieve.

"I've played at The Den with Crystal Palace, so I know how big a factor our home fans can be. We've got Brighton on Saturday and it's important we start on the front foot.

"I'm genuinely excited about being here and want to help keep Millwall safe."