Parrott: “I want to be a part of something at Millwall”
Troy Parrott is ready to “work hard and give everything for the fans” after signing a season-long loan deal with Millwall.
The 18-year-old striker will spend the 2020/21 campaign in SE16 after making the temporary move from Tottenham Hotspur, and has bolstered The Lions’ attacking options ahead of the new season.
After the signature of Ryan Woods, Parrott becomes Gary Rowett’s second summer signing – and the Irishman credited the club’s fanbase as one of the reasons behind his decision to make the transfer from North to South London.
“I’m buzzing to get straight into things, I’m really looking forward to it,” Parrott told millwallfc.co.uk. “The crowd, the club itself – I’ve heard a lot of good things. When I’ve watched games, the littlest of things gets them going, and I want to be a part of something like that.
“It’s not hard to see from the outside that all [the fans] are looking for is someone to give 100% every game. When I was growing up playing football, that was the player I always was, so I feel as though I can fit it very well. I’m really excited to get going, work hard and give everything for the fans.”
Parrott hopes to follow in the footsteps of successful former Lions loanee Harry Kane, who spent time at The Den in 2011/12.
“I’m really grateful to Spurs for letting me go out on loan and get some regular football. Hopefully I can improve a lot whilst at Millwall.”
Rowett on “important” Parrott capture
Gary Rowett has expressed his pleasure at getting a season-long loan deal for Troy Parrott over the line – and is looking forward to the striker showing “a little bit of everything” on the pitch during the 2020/21 campaign.
The exciting prospect arrives at The Den with Premier League and international experience and adds to the manager’s striking options ahead of the new season.
Speaking to millwallfc.co.uk, the boss explained how securing the signature of the youngster was an important one “for a number of reasons.”
“I’m really happy to get the deal over the line,” he said. “It took a lot of work, and Alex [Aldridge] and Steve [Kavanagh] have worked really hard to get it done.
“There were a lot of clubs in The Championship, and beyond, who wanted Troy – that’s how highly he is regarded. We’re pleased that Tottenham, and Troy himself, chose us as the preferred option. I think that shows what we think we’ve got to offer, a) as a club, b) with fans, when they’re back, and c) the way the team is developing.
“For a number of reasons, it’s a really important signing for us and I’m pleased to get it over the line.”
When describing what the frontman will bring to The Lions’ squad, Rowett explaned Parrott’s attributes, but also added caution to the age of the loanee and subsequent dips in form.
“He’s got lots of ability, that extra bit of quality we’re looking for – especially in his finishing – and he is mobile, hungry, aggressive and athletic. I think he’s got a little bit of everything. But, he’s a young player, and like any, you might not see that straight away.
“We’ll have to work with him throughout the season. He can play anywhere in the front three areas, which is important to us to add goals, flexibility and options in those types of positions. We’ll have to be patient with him, though – he’ll have some really strong parts but also some dips. We’ll do our work and see him through it. Hopefully he can have a real impact.”
Good luck to Troy Parrott, I hope he has a fantastic season in Bandit Country!