Leeds United: Winger Woolford would have brought Champ’ experience - boss

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Neil Redfearn has spoken of his January bid to sign Martyn Woolford, saying the Millwall winger would have brought “Championship experience” to Leeds United and filled an obvious hole in the team.

Woolford was identified as a potential signing by Redfearn ahead of last month’s FIFA transfer window with the 29-year-old out of contract in the summer and seemingly available.

Leeds failed to push a deal through, however, and Millwall became increasingly reluctant to lose Woolford after losing other wingers to injury ahead of the deadline on February 2. The former York City and Scunthorpe United player is expected to start against Leeds at Elland Road tomorrow, in a left-wing role which Redfearn wanted him to occupy.

“It’s no secret that I admire Martyn Woolford,” Redfearn said. “He’s got Championship experience, he’s scores goals and he gives you physical presence on the left.

“He gives you that balance and he’s the type of player we’re looking for.

“But Alex Mowatt has done well and we’re playing him in that position. It’s not his natural position but he’s warming to it.”

Millwall took midfielder Michael Tonge on a half-season loan from Leeds on the last day of the January window but the terms of that deal prevent him from featuring aagainst the Whites tomorrow.