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Bart's Millwall Loan Move Confirmed
Tuesday, 30th Jul 2019 15:40

Town have confirmed that keeper Bartosz Bialkowski has joined Millwall on loan for the season.

TWTD revealed on Sunday that the 32-year-old switch to the Lions, which broke down last month, had been revived.

Confirmation of Bialkowski’s move will see Will Norris’s loan move from Wolves rubber-stamped, the deal having been all but agreed yesterday.

"I am relieved," Bialkowski told the Lions' official website. "It's been a crazy few weeks, but I'm happy to finally get this deal done. I'm excited for the future.

"The clubs were still talking about this deal happening from six weeks ago, and I was fully focussed to get it done.

"I was on the phone to my agent every day, asking about any progress with it. I'm just happy to be here."

He added: "The Championship is a League I have played a lot of games in and I am ready to go. I have proved myself in the League and I hope I can push everyone else forward.

"Last year was crazy, but previously I had a really good time in the Championship and I want to prove it again. I know Frankie [Fielding] from playing against him, he seems a nice guy and is a good goalkeeper.

"It's always nice to have good competition, so whoever the gaffer picks will play, but I came here to play and I'm sure he did as well.

"I spoke to the gaffer and he said that although we have a small squad, we have a good squad of players.

"Everyone seems to get on well with each other and there is a good atmosphere, which is the main thing in the changing room. There's a platform to build on there for success."

The Polish international's initial proposed near-£1 million switch broke down due to Lions’ concerns regarding his knee which emerged during his medical, something which has never been considered a worry by the Blues during his five years at the club.

The South Londoners tried to renegotiate the deal before Town ultimately pulled the plug. But discussions regarding the switch were revived over the last week or so.

Following relegation to League One, Town were willing to consider bids for Bialkowski, their highest-paid player after the bumper new deal he signed last summer - which runs to the summer of 2021 with the club having an option for a further season - having returned from duty with Poland at the World Cup finals in Russia.

That new contract followed the Blues' refusal of a £3 million offer from Birmingham for the former Notts County and Southampton man.

Despite having said he is happy at Town - and that he plans to live in Suffolk once he retires - League One football was unlikely to improve Bialkowski’s international prospects and a move back to the Championship has always been on the cards, although with the move only a loan it is far from impossible that he could return to continue his Town career at the end of the season.

Bialkowski, an unused sub at Cambridge on Saturday, has made 177 starts and one sub appearance for the Blues having signed from Notts County in the summer of 2014 on a free transfer.

The 6ft 4in glovesman, who had a short spell on loan at Town in 2009 without making a senior appearance, won the club's Player of the Year gong in three successive seasons before relinquishing the award in 2018/19.

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robmonkey007 added 15:42 - Jul 30

SamWhiteUK added 15:42 - Jul 30
Good luck Bart! Come back next year when we're in the Championship again!

A good move for all parties I think, the best we could ask for, assuming we get Elliott as well

TrueBlue66 added 15:43 - Jul 30
Right move for all parties involved. Good Luck Bart.

ajs83 added 15:46 - Jul 30
Changing subject completely, but Adam Webster to Brighton is very close to completion. £20m plus £5m in add-ons.

Wrightie added 15:47 - Jul 30
Back in the league he deserves to be.

BlueBlood90 added 15:49 - Jul 30
Best of luck to him. A brilliant goalkeeper and a really good man. Would've been easy for him to chuck his toys out the pram earlier this summer but he always remained professional and respectful to the club. He'll always be welcome here.

BaddowBlue1 added 15:49 - Jul 30
Good luck Bart, you could probably do with a change of scene even if it is for one season.

multiplescoregasms added 15:51 - Jul 30
Good Luck Bart. See you next year, hopefully with us back in the Championship.

mow_the_lawn added 15:52 - Jul 30
I wonder how much of his wages Millwall are covering?

BlueandTruesince82 added 15:54 - Jul 30
Legit legend

JimmyJooJarJee added 15:57 - Jul 30
What % of his wages will Millwall be paying?

martin587 added 15:58 - Jul 30
Exceptional move for both club and player.Please can we now get a good CB. This has been a major priority for a couple of seasons so get it done and dusted ASAP.🤞

bluearmy78 added 15:58 - Jul 30
It’s all gone quiet on Elliott, has that part of the deal been shelved?

timkatieadamitfc added 16:08 - Jul 30
I hope so bluearmy78, judging by his AVERAGE AT BEST strike rate AND THE FACT HES ALREADY INJURED, surely there is someone better for us out there. I’m not knocking the fella it’s based purely on the injury(what seems to be recurring) basis

DiamondGezzer added 16:20 - Jul 30
Isn't it strange that Millwall pulled the plug on Barts transfer due to him having had an injury, and yet they are willing to let us take one of their injured players from them !! Hmmm!

TractorRoyNo1 added 16:22 - Jul 30
I wouldn't send a parcel to Millwall yet alone a top bloke like Bart, really can't understand why a top team didn't grab him as a no2 or even a Richard Wright style no3.

PortmanTerrorist added 16:23 - Jul 30
Good luck Bart. Find your form and come back when the clubs swap divisions next summer!

Dolphinblue added 16:50 - Jul 30
All well and good luck to him but with season days away 2 Goalies, Garbutt and Norwood with 14 departures still not good enough......3 more outfield signings needed esp at Cb and Striker...no excuses get on with it Evans!

TimmyH added 16:55 - Jul 30
All the best Bart with your season long loan, hopefully the Elliott deal is dead in the water...please please let us get in a CB!

itfc58 added 17:02 - Jul 30
All the best Bart your far too good for league one. Hopefully you'll be back next season when we get promoted.

57blue added 17:09 - Jul 30
It's pointless Elliott coming here with an injury from pre season. We have got players already with groin, calf and hamstring injuries from last season who we can't get fit. All of which have not had a proper pre season. There is nothing you can do to stop injuries like Tristan's but three acl's in one season and all the other muscle related injuries. I don't subscribe to the theory that it is just bad luck. This has been going on for far too long and I would hope that PL and his staff are looking hard at the conditioning and rehabilitation regimes in place at Playford road.

jas0999 added 17:34 - Jul 30
Good luck to him. Let’s hope we received a loan fee, but I suspect just getting another club to cover the majority of his wages is a huge relief to Marcus, can understand Bart wanting to go and why we needed to offload.

timkatieadamitfc added 17:38 - Jul 30
Oxford Utd just signed Ben Woodburn from Liverpool, that’s the kind of player we should be trying to sign

runaround added 18:20 - Jul 30
Good luck Bart, hope to see you back in a Town shirt next season

Bad_Boy_Mark added 18:36 - Jul 30
Gutted about this, but reluctantly, I understand the reasons why. At least he remains our player, and should be ready and waiting for us if we can be promoted at the first time of asking.

Good luck Bart, you have conducted yourself with huge amounts of dignity and professionalism.

PS My youngest son is really going to miss you!

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