By Wayne Veysey

23rd Feb, 2022 | 11:14am

Sources: Alex Aldridge quitting Stoke City to rejoin Millwall

Stoke City recruitment chief Alex Aldridge is leaving the club to rejoin Millwall, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

Aldridge quit as head of recruitment at Millwall to join Stoke in a similar role in the summer of 2020.

An industry source has told Football Insider that Aldridge is now poised for a return to Millwall having first joined the club in 2015.

He has agreed terms with the Londoners and a deal is expected to be completed.

Aldridge initially joined the Lions’ set-up as a recruitment officer in May 2015 before being appointed to lead the department in July 2017.

As per Stoke on Trent Live (24 August 2020), Aldridge helped Lions boss Gary Rowett beat competition to bring in highly-rated Spurs striker Troy Parrott on loan in the summer of 2020.

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As quoted by London News Online on 24 August 2020, Rowett insisted Aldridge’s Millwall departure was “a shame” and admitted he had no idea he was going to leave.

However, he did criticise the timing of Aldridge’s departure.

After his arrival at Stoke City, the club’s chief executive Tony Scholes spoke highly of Aldridge.

He is quoted by London News Online (22 August) as saying Aldridge was the standout from over 80 candidates who responded to the club’s job advertisement.

Stoke and Millwall are currently separated by one place in the Championship table.

The Potters lie 13th while the Lions are 14th, just one point behind.

In other news, a club are plotting a raid to sign a Tottenham star Jose Mourinho called a ‘genius’ and £25million will seal the deal.