Liam Feeney thankful to Bolton Wanderers for boosting his confidence
LIAM Feeney has spoken for the first time about his surprise recall to Millwall – and believes his short time at the Reebok may have revived his Championship career.
After struggling to get a game at The Den at the start of the season, the winger proved to be a hidden gem when Dougie Freedman took him into the fold for what he thought would be a three-month stay.
After four encouraging appearances, Millwall pressed the Whites to make the deal permanent but after they refused, called the 26-year-old back to the club for last weekend’s game at Reading.
Feeney, pictured, now finds himself back in manager Steve Lomas’s plans just a week before the South Londoners travel to face Wanderers.
“After the first four weeks (at Boton) I found myself settled, I’d been playing every game and results had started to turn since I’d been there, so I was feeling good,” he said.
“Things were working out for me so it was a bit of a shock more than anything to get called back.
“Obviously that was the gaffer’s decision and I haven’t got a problem with that. My aim is to play more games for Millwall.
“It’s not really in my hands but as long as I’m playing football, I’m happy.”
Feeney came on as a 70th minute substitute at the Madejski Stadium and earned praise for his performance from Lomas, who believes the former Bournemouth midfielder can now become a first-team regular.
With his contract up next summer, Wanderers are monitoring his situation.
But with Feeney now feeling confident, it may be that his spell under Freedman has recharged a player heading for the Reebok in just nine day’s time.
“It’s given me a new lease of life and I’m confident in myself again,” he said of his time under the Wanderers boss.
“I know I’m good enough to play in the Championship and what I can bring to the team if I’m playing, so I’m in a good place right now. I’ve been performing well so now that I’m back hopefully I can reproduce the same form.”
Though Feeney’s future is still very much up in the air, the player insists he will be giving everything to the Lions’ cause and will not be accused of brooding over the fact his move to Wanderers did not go through.
“Commitment is never an issue with me,” he said. “It doesn’t do me any good to sulk – that’s not going to get me anywhere.
“I’m not a bad professional. I train hard every day and if my chances to play are few and far between, I’m not going to do myself an injustice when I do get a chance.
“I want to play and show everyone how good I am. Sulking or not trying my hardest hasn’t ever crossed my mind – and won’t.”