Jackett explains Woolford transfer from Bristol City

Martyn Woolford is denied by Millwall keeper David Forde while playing for Scunthorpe in the 2009 Wembley play-off final

Martyn Woolford is denied by Millwall keeper David Forde while playing for Scunthorpe in the 2009 Wembley play-off final

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NEW signing Martyn Woolford is expected to go straight into Millwall’s starting line-up at Bolton this weekend after joining the Lions from Bristol City.

Woolford will formally put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half-year deal today and manager Kenny Jackett confirmed the 27-year-old can expect to feature at the Reebok.

The boss said: “We made the enquiry and Bristol City were quite happy to release him to us, so we are very pleased.

“I haven’t got what I would call a naturally wide left player and we’ve been looking for someone we feel in a 4-4-2 formation can slot straight into that position.

“Martyn fits that bill.

“He has been in the Football League for a while now at Scunthorpe and Bristol City.

“We’ve obviously known about him and in our games against Scunthorpe he always played a prominent part.

“But he does give us a natural left foot and a natural option on the left wing, which is something we are very positive about.

“We are hoping he will be involved at Bolton on Saturday.”

The Trotters go into Saturday’s encounter sitting 16th in the Championship table and eight points behind Millwall.

When the two sides last met in October it was the Lions who came out on top in a 2-1 victory, a result which cost then Bolton manager Owen Coyle his job.

Dougie Freedman has since come in and despite their still lowly position, Jackett believes the table is misleading and it is only a matter of time before the Trotters move onwards and upwards.

He explained: “Dougie Freedman and Lennie Lawrence have proved themselves as being very good at their jobs, both at Crystal Palace and Bolton.

“I’m sure they will lead them to bigger and better things.

“It is interesting trying to work out who they are going to play because they’ve got some very good players throughout the team and plenty of choices.

“They’ve just signed Crag Davies from Barnsley so going to the Reebok is a really good game for myself and I look forward to it as a manager, as I’m sure my players are looking forward to it as well.

“Bolton are another side with players who have a lot of top flight experience.”

Danny Shittu, Liam Trotter and Andy Keogh are all expected to be available for Millwall after missing last Saturday’s 1-0 FA Cup victory over Preston.

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