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Latics land former loan star

Date published: 05 June 2014

JOSEPH Mills has become a full Athletic player in the left-back role vacated by Jonathan Grounds.

The attack-minded defender agreed to sign for the club on a two-year deal from Premier League new boys Burnley after being released from the last year of his Turf Moor contract. The contract has a third year option.

Fleetwood, Bradford and Shrewsbury were believed to be among clubs chasing the player.

Manager Lee Johnson will hope the former Southampton academy star, who has also turned out for Reading, can rediscover the form that made him a fan favourite on loan at Boundary Park last year.

With Mills already out of the picture at Burnley when they were in the Championship, he has looked elsewhere for regular first-team football.

Johnson is delighted to have landed his man: “It’s a great signing. He’s young, hungry and has got a lot of potential. We will give him an identity and a bit of love and I feel he can be a really good player for us.”

Athletic are represented at the Football League’s annual general meeting in Portugal from today.

Chief executive Neil Joy is in Faro for the conference, at which member clubs are expected to give a collective thumbs-down to Greg Dyke’s controversial plan for a B-team league.

Football League officials will present a new plan which would introduce 16 B teams from Premier League clubs into a revamped Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

Also on the agenda will be the use of 3G pitches, now allowed in all rounds of the FA Cup.


This is a great signing...When he was here on loan at the start of last season I had hoped we could get him for the rest of the season..but it didn't happen...but now a 2 year contract and a possible 1 year extension is great news

well done to gaffer for getting him in, good player he is.

good signing but it looks like Lee,s had some sleepless nights needs to buy some biks ,carry on the good work need a decent midfielder and a good striker not more nobodys

Great signing upwards and onwards

Mills for Grounds - an excellent exchange. Nothing against JG, but his distribution from no 3 was just too sloppy on too many occasions. Young JM has a great willingness to attack space going forward from that same position.

Excellent news, welcome Joseph!

Well that is one good signing, and for me a better player than Grounds!. let us hope that other signings are of similar quality!, and I should look forward to the comming season with greater interest!.

Wow.... I told you LJ new what he was doing. Mills has already proved he is a better player than JG in this position. And probably saved on wage bill too. Have trust/faith and keep supporting the gaffa!

Football League conference in Portugal. Why? What's wrong with Lytham?


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