Jos Hooiveld feels wanted at Millwall after Norwich City exit

Jos Hooiveld aims to play his part at Millwall after swapping a loan spell at Norwich City. Picture

Jos Hooiveld aims to play his part at Millwall after swapping a loan spell at Norwich City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City's former loan signing Jos Hooiveld admits it is nice to feel wanted at Championship rivals Millwall after his Carrow Road stint was cut short.

The Southampton defender made his debut for the Lions in the midweek 0-0 league draw against Reading after City boss Alex Neil sanctioned the 31-year-old's exit.

Hooiveld moved to the Canaries on the final day of the summer transfer window in a proposed season-long loan, but the Dutchman made only six league appearances for the club.

'I always say to people you never know where you will wake up next in football. It is kind of true, you don't know if you are wanted or if you are not,' he said. 'All I'm hoping for is as many successes as possible, as many wins, as many clean sheets. What every footballer hopes for, really. It is very important for me to be playing regularly. It was one of those things you want to do if you are a footballer, to get on the pitch and show what you can do.'

Hooiveld enjoyed his first experience of the intimidating Den but knows Ian Holloway's squad face a survival battle with Millwall still five points adrift of fourth-from-bottom Rotherham.

'Every game from now on is massive. We are under the line now so it's not about one game that will decide things,' he told Millwall's official site. 'This is a very intense stadium, if the fans are behind the team it gives them an extra edge, and I have experienced that from the other side.

'The manager was very positive when I met him for the first time, I had a nice conversation with him and a good connection. I know a few of the players, Richard Chaplow and Dan Harding, I played with them at Southampton. I spoke to them before I came here but you also have to leave a bit of space open for your own opinions and fill those in with your own experiences.'

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The Canaries are scheduled to travel to Hooiveld's latest club in the Championship on March 7.