MILLWALL chairman John Berylson has revealed that Chris Taylor is poised to leave the club this summer after rejecting a new contract.
The Lions set Taylor a deadline of Monday afternoon to agree terms on a two-year deal but the 26-year-old communicated via his agent that he would not be taking up that offer.
Taylor had been set to put pen-to-paper prior to Kenny Jackett's shock resignation last week. Reports suggest Blackburn Rovers are now in pole position to secure his signature.
Berylson told NewsAtDen: "I'm sorry to see him go because he was a very fine player and a Millwall type. I liked him but it's over. The fact that he's gone means that our new manager has more funds, which isn't a terrible thing either.
"There are plusses and minuses here. We have lost Chris, that's a negative, but the positive is our new manager will have more wiggle room in his budget.
"I knew he wanted to wait and see who the new manager was and I am in no hurry to make an appointment. I wasn't going to make that decision in order to get Chris to sign.
"I was not surprised when he chose not to sign – it may only have been 50-50 if he knew who the new manager was. Giving him that option would have put us in a funny position."
Taylor made 26 appearances, scoring three goals, for Millwall last season after arriving from Oldham on a 12-month deal.