Ryan Tunnicliffe: Millwall spell made me a better player

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Ryan Tunnicliffe reckons his spell at Millwall made him a more well-rounded footballer.

The midfielder signed for Luton Town this week. He was released by the Lions earlier in the summer.

Asked about his time at The Den, Tunnicliffe said: “It was probably the most beneficial in my career.

“I was brought up predominantly just playing football – angles and attacking stuff.

“Being there for the past two seasons has really brought something to my game that I thought I had – but I didn’t have, which is heads, tackles, second balls, anticipation and knockdowns. That is the way Millwall play.

“It’s made me a lot better player than when I first stepped in the building.”

Millwall manager Neil Harris said: “With Ryan I just felt he needed a change. I enjoyed working with him and he contributed a lot towards the end of the season.

“You try and develop players. That can be Sid Nelson who has joined Tranmere or Harry Smith, who is going to Northampton now from Macclesfield. You want players to come through the academy and into our first team. But for whatever reason they don’t then you want them to be in professional football.

“If Ryan feels he left a better player than when he came then I am proud of that. I look forward to seeing him during the course of the season. I certainly wish a good lad well for the rest of his career.”

IMAGE BY BRIAN TONKS

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