Derby County attacker Mason Bennett says he is open to joining Millwall permanently after moving to the London club on a six-month loan deal, South London Press report.
Speculation has been rife about Bennett’s future with his contract up this summer.
The 23-year-old hasn’t played for Derby since picking up an injury in the 1-0 win over Preston North End in November. And now he has been allowed to leave on loan.
Speaking to reporters, Bennett suggests a permanent move to Millwall interests him.
First and foremost, I’m here at Millwall for four or five months and I’ll give my all to the club. Who knows? In the summer I might even stay. I want to play that well that I don’t give Millwall any choice that they want me to come. I want to help get the team up the league and into the play-offs.
Bennett came through the Derby academy and is the club’s longest-serving player.
The attacker, however, has only managed to complete the full 90 minutes in just two of his 80 plus appearances for the Rams stretching back nine years.
Bennett’s best campaign came last season. He scored three goals and posted four assists in 33 Championship games as Derby reached the playoff final.
He started the playoff semi-final second leg at Leeds United and then the final.
Derby, however, missed out on promotion to the Premier League. A lot has changed since the summer, and Bennett’s popularity with supporters has dwindled.
The youngster was involved in the drink-driving crash with teammate Tom Lawrence which later prompted the sacking of former Rams captain Richard Keogh.
A fresh start elsewhere could be in the best interests for all involved.