LIONS boss Gary Rowett is happy that his vice-captain Shaun Hutchinson agreed to a new deal and will remain at the club.

Hutchinson has made over 100 appearances and scored ten goals for the club since joining on a free transfer from Fulham in 2016.

The defender has been given a lot of responsibilities with the armband this season with captain Alex Pearce's lack of game time before leaving for AFC Wimbledon.

News Shopper: Shaun Hutchinson has played more than 100 times for MillwallShaun Hutchinson has played more than 100 times for Millwall

Despite a couple of injury setbacks, the 31-year-old made 28 appearances in the Championship last season and helped contribute to the league's best defence last season.

Rowett believes that Hutchinson is one of the best in the Championship and is happy that he staying at the club.

On News at Den, the Millwall boss said: “It’s a mixture of everything, you hope that the likes of Hutch see what we’ve done for a period of time and want to continue to be part of that and continue to see the club moving forward and challenging.

“Hutch is a player that has performed fabulously well and you want to keep that core of regular players together. That’s really important.

“He had a slightly mixed season last year with a few injuries that meant continuity was quite difficult.

“But for a long time he’s been one of our best performers.

“I think on his day he’s as good as any centre-back in the division.

“We’re really pleased to keep him here for longer.”

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