Lions swoop for young hitman

08 September 2006 01:54
Millwall boss Nigel Spackman has moved swiftly to hand highly-rated striker Chris Zebroski a chance to resurrect his career after Plymouth cancelled his contract. The Lions have given the 19-year-old a two-year deal at the New Den after he was shown the door at Home Park following a bust-up with Argyle captain Paul Wotton during a pre-season trip to Austria. Despite his past problems, Zebroski arrives highly recommended and with assurances the incident at Plymouth was out of character. Spackman told the club's official website: "Chris is a young striker, just 19 years of age, 6ft 2in, plenty of pace, and it was Ian Rush's agent who rung me up and said: 'You want to have a look at this kid.' "He was released from Plymouth for disciplinary reasons, so we had a look at him in a reserve game at Wycombe and liked what we saw. It has taken a bit of sorting out, but I think he'll be a good addition to the squad. "With Darren Byfield out, we've lacked that bit of pace up front and goal threat, and I think Chris will give us that. "As far as what went on with him at Plymouth is concerned, I'm told that it was completely out of character. "I've spoken to Peter Kaye at the Sporting Chance clinic where Chris has been going for the past week or so, and he tells me that he's a lovely lad and that what went on at Plymouth goes against his nature completely. "Hopefully, out of adversity, something good will come, both for Chris and for Millwall. I think the crowd will take to him because he works very hard, and with his pace he should be a real asset for us."

Source: ESA