Millwall boss has tried to sign Briggs three times before

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IAN Holloway has been a long-term admirer of free agent Matthew Briggs, who has been training with Millwall since Tuesday.

Since being released by Fulham at the start of the summer, the 23-year-old has held talks with Huddersfield Town before linking up with the Lions for a trial stint.

But this is not the first time Briggs has piqued the interest of boss Holloway, who has revealed he tried to sign the left back during his time in charge of Blackpool.

“Briggs is a real surprise to me,” Holloway said. “I can’t believe he’s a free agent – I’ve tried to sign him about three times in the past.

“When I was at Blackpool, Fulham wouldn’t loan him out and now it turns out he’s a free agent, which is completely unbelievable.

“When Mick Harford said to me that Briggs was available I thought he was joking. I said ‘get him in’ and to my disbelief he was there on Tuesday morning. It’s weird.

“But this is what happens when you’re patient in the transfer market.”

With Scott Malone currently the only experienced left back on the club’s books, Holloway admits there would be room in his squad for a player like Briggs, who can also play centrally.

“I’ve got Dylan Casey who I took to Portugal with us but he’s a little bit young,” the Lions boss said.

“He’s got a great attitude but I’m not sure whether he’ll be able to push for the first team right now being only 18. It might be a bit early for Dylan but I do like him.

“When someone of Briggs’ quality comes up it’s no-brainer to have a look at him.

“If I end up with an ex-Fulham kid, whose got England pedigree, and Magaye Gueye, whose got French pedigree, and they’re 23 and 24, then I don’t think that’s bad business.”