Gregory hails Town support

Lee Gregory
Lee Gregory

Striker Lee Gregory is relishing the opportunity to parade his skills at a higher level following his move to Championship side Millwall for a reported £250,000 fee.

The 25 year old hitman has backed himself to be a success at The Den after putting pen to paper on a three year deal earlier this week.

However, he has also paid tribute to the management, staff and players at FC Halifax Town, who he credits with helping his dream move materialise.

Gregory has been a powerful force for the Shaymen over the past two seasons in particular and scored 31 goals in 39 games last time out on the way to picking up the Conference Player of the Season award.

Gregory was a full-time electrician prior to his Den switch. Now he is preparing for life as a full-time footballer - a job he starts officially next Thursday, June 26.

“I cannot wait to get started,” said Gregory. “It is a massive challenge but I feel confident that I can meet it.”

That confidence, Gregory revealed, was honed at the Shay and he had nothing but praise for the club he has left behind.

“I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for Halifax Town,” added the former Staveley Miners Welfare and Mansfield Town player.

“Everybody knows that strikers thrive on confidence and Halifax Town have given me that confidence.

“If I hadn’t got confidence then that would be the end of that.

“I had a fantastic time at Halifax and met some really great people who have helped me in my career.

“The fans were fantastic too. They used to love me and I really appreciated their support.

“I am very sad to leave but I think everybody knew it was on the cards. I guess it was just a question of where I would end up.”

Although he acknowledges that Championship football is a massive step up, Gregory has waited a long time for the opportunity and does not intend to let anybody down

“When you play from a young age all you dream about is being a professional footballer,” added Gregory.

“I had my first official game when I was four years old so I have come to it a little late.

“I was at Staveley when I was 18/19 and Mansfield until I was 21.

“Sometimes you think you might have missed out which is what makes this opportunity all the sweeter.

“However, now that I have achieved that goal of becoming a full time professional I am determined to take it with both hands.”

Gregory will swop one influential manager in Neil Aspin for another in Ian Holloway.

And Gregory admitted that it was Holloway who sold the idea of joining Millwall to him.

“When I first spoke to the manager he was very honest about what he expected from me and his ambitions for the club,” said Gregory.

“I just knew by speaking to him that I wanted to join Millwall.

“Everybody knows that he is a great character, but he is also very ambitious and I am determined not to let him down.

“The club were the biggest that came in for me .

“The manager has bought me in to score goals. Hopefully I can repay him.

“Every ground is obviously going to be a new experience for me and I’m looking forward to visiting each and every one of them.”

Gregory’s new boss Holloway was delghted to finally get his man having had Gregory monitored last season.

“I’m very pleased to get Lee,” Holloway told the Southwark News.

“He’s been on our radar and he scored 31 goals last year.

“It’s a few divisions down but I think he’s a natural goal scorer.

“I’m delighted to have been allowed to add him to our club.

“Hopefully it will turn out just as Steve Morison did for us, and it’ll be an opportunity for us to score more goals.

“I met him on Monday, he’s a nice lad. I’m really pleased to give him a chance to be a part of what I want to do at Millwall.”