FORMER Millwall striker Richard Sadlier has expressed his gratitude at getting a testimonial six years after retiring through injury.

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FORMER Millwall striker Richard Sadlier has expressed his gratitude at getting a testimonial six years after retiring through injury.

The Republic of Ireland striker was forced to quit the game at just 24 - cutting short a highly-promising career.

Now 30, he will enjoy a benefit match when the Lions take on Middlesbrough in a pre-season friendly at The Den on August 1.

"I can't wait for the chance to play once again at The Den and have the opportunity to finally show my appreciation to everyone connected with Millwall, and to say a final farewell," he said.

"I have so many people to thank for making this possible, but I'd like to say how grateful I am to both Millwall and Middlesbrough and particularly to Jeff Burnige, chairman of the committee, without whom this game would not have come about."

Sadlier won one international cap during his career and played 164 times, scoring 41 times, before a hip injury forced his retirement.

Meanwhile, one striker coming into Millwall is Jason Price, who has signed a one-year deal following a free transfer from Doncaster.

The Welshman was on loan at The Den, scoring three goals in eight games before injury cut his season short.

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