Millwall manager Gary Rowett told South London Press how Derby County forward Mason Bennett showed glimpses of his ability during his debut at the weekend.

Bennett joined Millwall on loan from Derby in January until the end of the season.

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The 23-year-old made his Lions debut in the 1-0 defeat at Wigan Athletic on Saturday. He came on as a second-half substitute and impressed.

Speaking to reporters, Rowett seems excited by his potential.

When Mason Bennett came on, I felt he gave us a little bit of intent attacking wise, before then I felt we played a little bit tepid in those forward areas. You saw in glimpses his pace and power to open the game up, you also saw his rustiness in his last finish. What I was pleased about was when he came on and he was trying desperately to get us back in the game.

Mason Bennett was making his return from a previous injury.

The forward last played for Derby in the 1-0 win over Preston North End at the end of November. His injury ruled him out for the ensuing three months.

The Rams felt it was best for Bennett to have a fresh start in January.

His popularity with supporters at Pride Park soured with his involvement in the drink-driving incident which prompted the sacking of club captain Richard Keogh.

(Photo by Ben Early/Getty Images).

Bennett made over 80 appearances for Derby. However, his contract is up this summer, and he has hinted at making his move to Millwall permanent.

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