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Last Updated: Monday, 27 June, 2005, 16:02 GMT 17:02 UK
Wise completes Southampton move
Former Millwall player-boss Dennis Wise
Wise started out at Southampton
Southampton have completed the signing of veteran Dennis Wise.

The former Millwall player-manager was released by the Lions at the end of the season and has signed a one-year deal at Saints as a player only.

Wise, 38, began his career as an apprentice at Southampton but was released as a teenager.

Boss Harry Redknapp told Saints website: "I'm glad we've got him, he has plenty of experience and you can't have too much of that at this level."

Redknapp added: "He's a fighter and a winner and we need that kind of character in the squad.

"He can be a big influence for us on the pitch and although he's 38 he's still very fit and a terrific player."
He will be a leader and strong voice in the dressing-room
Saints chairman Rupert Lowe

Wise said: "There were a few clubs in for me but I felt the squad here is fantastic. It is more than capable of getting out of the division.

"I just hope Harry can keep his quality players - that would be handy!

"I have played in this division and I know this group of players could quite easily get out of it.

"I see the bookies have made us favourites which is nice of them! It puts a bit more pressure on the lads but there really should not be any because there is enough quality here."

As player-manager at Millwall, Wise led the Lions to the FA Cup final in 2004.

He resigned as Millwall boss after falling out with new chairman Jeff Burnige.

With British and Irish Lions coach Sir Clive Woodward due to arrive at St Mary's after the tour to New Zealand, Saints stressed Wise has been recruited for his playing rather than his coaching skills.

Saints chairman Rupert Lowe said: "We're delighted Dennis is coming. He's coming as a player but the fact that he has been a manager means he could help in certain ways.

"He will be a leader and strong voice in the dressing-room and he will bring vast experience to the squad."

Wise suffered some knee problems towards the end of last season but he has passed a medical at Southampton.

Redknapp has been keen to add Wise's experience and combative nature to Saints midfield as they look to bounce straight back into the Premiership.

In leading Portsmouth to the Championship title in 2003, Redknapp tapped into the experience of players such as Teddy Sheringham, Paul Merson and Steve Stone.

Interview: Southampton's new signing Dennis Wise


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