LONDON (AFP) – Australia striker Scott McDonald has signed for Championship club Millwall on a free transfer after Middlesbrough agreed to pay up the final year of his contract.
McDonald has put pen to paper on a two-year deal with the south London club, who reached the FA Cup semi-finals last season.
The 29-year-old scored 13 times for Middlesbrough in the English second tier last season, but the Teeside outfit were keen to get his reported ??30,000-a-week salary off the wage-bill.
Millwall manager Steve Lomas moved quickly to land the former Celtic star and McDonald, who hit the winner for the Glasgow club in a Champions League tie against AC Milan in 2007, admitted he feels revitalised by the fresh start.
"It has been well documented that Middlesbrough wanted to move in a different direction. I worked really hard and was successful again last season but finances play a big part in football and they wanted to downsize," McDonald said.
"As a player, you can only do as much as you can with the contract you've been given until someone else wants to get you. Millwall showed a real hunger and desire to sign me."