Aiden O'Brien to leave Millwall at the end of the Championship season

Mon, Jul 20 2020

Aiden O'Brien in action for the Republic of Ireland against Georgia in 2019. Credit: Michael P Ryan (ETPhotos)

Ireland International Aiden O’Brien looks set to leave Millwall at the end of the 2019/2020 season after the ‘Tigers’ confirmed he will not be offered a new deal. 

The London born striker had been due to leave at the end of June but extended his stay by a further month to cover the Championship’s late finish due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

O’Brien is a product of the Millwall academy and has been at the club since 2009. In that time he has racked up 226 appearances scoring 44 times but hasn’t played since February due to injury. 

The 26-year-old sought assurances about future game time from manager Gary Rowett before making his decision. 

“Aiden came to see me a while ago to ask his situation and I couldn’t really give him anything definitive,” said Rowett. “He really wanted a steer and I told him that as we stand I think he has to move on and play.

“I think he understands that. He’s been at Millwall a long time and the fact he has been injured towards the end of this season has been tough for him. He hasn’t had those last few games with the team and in front of the fans. It’s a really tough ending for him.

“It was a really difficult decision but one we felt was the right one for everyone.

“I have to say Aiden’s attitude has been brilliant this season and it was brilliant after I told him. He has to be massively commended for his professionalism.”

The frontman will be hoping a move will help reignite his international career which saw him score his first senior goal away to Poland in 2018.