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Exclusive: Millwall shelve contract talks with striker Batt

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© Wayne Harvey

STRIKER Shaun Batt is poised to leave Millwall this summer after talks over a contract extension were shelved.

The 26-year-old, who had held preliminary discussions about a 12-month deal prior to Kenny Jackett's resignation, is now expected to be released at the end of the month.

Batt's departure will free up further space in the club's wage budget as new boss Steve Lomas seeks to overhaul his striking department.

Notts County, Preston North End and Leyton Orient, for whom Batt scored three goals in 13 loan appearances last season, are all interested in signing him.

Batt later tweeted: "End of an era for me at Millwall, 3 eventful years, lots of ups & downs, promotion at Wembley from league 1, horrific career threatening injury, FA Cup semi-final again at Wembley, winning goal against Watford, Championship survival on the last day. Would do it all over again!

"Wish the team & new manager best of luck for the new season, thanks to the fans for all your support over the years. Fresh start for me now."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

41 thoughts on “Exclusive: Millwall shelve contract talks with striker Batt

  • June 20, 2013 at 07:06
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    Great start SL whilst always will put a shift in well out of depth in this league next Nguesen, and make a decision on Malone free up spme more wages

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  • June 20, 2013 at 07:16
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    I for one see this as a shame we slowly started to give Shaun a chance at the end of the season after a raft of awful injuries he always gave 100% his raw pace will always cause problems and I wish him every luck in the future!

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  • June 20, 2013 at 07:39
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    Feel sorry for Shaun - would have preferred to keep him and ship out DNG - always gives his all and his pace would cause any back line problems

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  • June 20, 2013 at 07:39
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    New manager. New way. No wasters. Clear the decks.100% req. COYL.

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  • June 20, 2013 at 07:54
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    Tough decision , he always gives 110%. Perhaps SL wants 90 minute players not those hoping to make an impact from the bench. Best wishes to Shaun.

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  • June 20, 2013 at 08:10
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    Shame but i suspected this might happen, batt was often played as a loan strike whichbwas never his best position. Get the feeling there was more to come from him if played in right position.

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  • June 20, 2013 at 08:14
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    Good decision. Not up to Championship standard and will likely move over to Orient where I hope he does well.
    One out, more to go.

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  • June 20, 2013 at 08:44
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    Sadly, Shaun isn't good enough to propel us forward (no pun intended). He's basically a league 1 striker and wherever he goes I wish him great good luck.

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  • June 20, 2013 at 08:44
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    One down, several more to go, Not nearly as bad as N'Guessan, but not the same player after his injury.

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  • June 20, 2013 at 09:35
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    Shame. Has great work ethic and is very professional. Good role model for any stroppy kids thinking they're the bees knees.
    Good luck Sean.
    Now for the life of me how the f*** can the club make a decision to bring Easter in without a manager on the basis "we had an agreement" then do this to Sean batt who also had an "agreement" ?
    Never mind maybe it's all part of the master plan.

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    • June 20, 2013 at 09:56
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      @lukesmithmfc: I have been wondering about that one Luke, I may be way off the mark but I wonder if Ambler run it by Lomas even though SL was not officially our manager. Just a thought or maybe commitments were made to player and club at a much earlier stage than we were led to believe. So much goes on behind the scenes that we never get to hear about.

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      • June 20, 2013 at 10:12
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        @Sealion: yeah definately some truth in there somewhere sea
        Reckon contract was signed when on loan and probably legally binding
        Too feckin late now sea.

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  • June 20, 2013 at 10:03
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    Aldo why has the shirt sponser page been pulled ?

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    • June 20, 2013 at 10:14
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      @Sealion: Probably changed there mind and agreed terms

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    • June 20, 2013 at 10:24
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      Probably because the quote from Ambler wasn't meant to be public knowledge.
      @Sealion:

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    • June 20, 2013 at 10:59
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      @Sealion:
      Well its an exclusive in the Southwark News this morning, so i suspect it was a little hasty putting it up on here as well....Also, Shaun Batt and Barry Hearn have been have a very public conversation on twitter this morning about his future and where it lays. Hope it can get sorted as Battman comes across as a very honest, hard working player that deserves a chance in the lower leagues. I agree with a lot of posts on here this morning. Right attitude, but never had the ability....

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  • June 20, 2013 at 10:40
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    why does everyone shlag him off near the end of the season he loked pretty good his fitness was a problem but it is something he could work on. i felt he was a player with presants when he came on he looked like he could change a game. but i still wish him all the best where ever he ends up. next up get DNG out hes a waste of space atm he doesnt look like he has any passion

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  • June 20, 2013 at 11:04
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    Its a Shame, but unfortunately, when we let Woods and Hendro go we were not scoring goals, it would have been the perfect oppurtunity to stick Batt on and give him match fitness and see how he progressed from mid year on..

    now we have a new season and a new manager and we really need to hit the ground running and Batt is not going to be scoring from the off! he is a lovely lad and works his socks off but he is best placed in league 1 where he can rebuild his career! good luck to him!

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  • June 20, 2013 at 11:07
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    It is a shame, I hope he does well whever he goes as he spoke highly of the club. I hope SL will bring in the players he has promised and plays everyone to their strengths. I will be interested in what formation SL plays. Did anyone watch Japan v italy game last night? Japan were impressive going forward and attacked with 5 players most of the time. Lousy in defence though.
    SL needs a super fit team and maybe a new strategy of play, which could work wonders if succesful.
    Playing tactics are as important if not more so than new signings. Time will tell.

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    • June 20, 2013 at 11:11
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      Jackett played more formations than I can remember last season, but the simple truth is that the squad wasn't good enough.
      @Peckhamlad:

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    • June 20, 2013 at 11:21
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      @Peckhamlad:
      Italy v Japan was mad last night....Honda is out of contract @ CSK at the minute, Sign him up SL.

      SL says he likes to play a high tempo game with every player quick to close down and place the opposition under pressure when they are in possession. He also states that he likes playing a 433 or a 4411. Just hope that he isint a Mr tinker man and get some continuity in the starting line up. I don't think KJ kept the same starting line up for more than one game last season...

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  • June 20, 2013 at 12:01
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    Good luck Batt man!

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  • June 20, 2013 at 13:02
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    Thanks' for all your effort Shaun, but like many of our players we have, 1st division is as far as your ability will take you!!!!

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  • June 20, 2013 at 13:32
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    Cheers Batts! You can certainly leave through the front door mate.

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  • June 20, 2013 at 13:33
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    Cheers Batts! You can certainly leave through the front door mate. Good Luck...

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  • June 20, 2013 at 14:25
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    I must say that I was never the biggest admirer of Shaun Batt IMO not good enough at this level, but I am suprised that he is the first there are several more deserving than him, but I must also say you have class young man in the manner of your departing the club and I wish you all the best and success with what ever club you join in the future (but I hope not at our expense).

    Lets hope that he is not the first and the last that SL starts to prune the clubs dead wood, what about those waste of spaces Woolford and N'Gussen surely they will be departed before the pre season.

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    • June 20, 2013 at 15:17
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      @Barnlion: Depends how long there contracts are, Batt was the easiest to get rid of as his contract had run out, by all rights we could still end up with woolford and the wage theif another season as theyve got another year on their contracts

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      • June 20, 2013 at 16:23
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        @banksy: Banksy mate you may be right on the contract side, but even if that is correct surely he must be looking to at least loan them out which would save some monies from there contract as the side they go too pays a percentage of there contract.
        SL will make it clear I hope to these players that there is no future at the Den for them so there best options is to move on to pastures new (quickly lets hope so).

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  • June 20, 2013 at 14:30
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    To be fair the bloke worked hard, had a good burst of speed and caused defenders problems. Admittedly he also lacked basic ball controls skills and hardly ever looked like scoring but he was still liable to make room for other players to take advantage if nothing else.

    So I would put him way ahead of Easter, DNG and, for that matter, Marquis (who also tries hard but is slow as molasses in Summer).

    I suspect he will do well in a lower league.

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  • June 20, 2013 at 15:09
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    Good luck to him. He did well to come back from that nasty injury but don't quite cut the mustard in the championship. He'll be decent in league 1.

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  • June 20, 2013 at 15:15
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    The problem is Barnlion that Batt was out of contract so the club didn't have to offer him a new one. Players like N'Guessan, Woolford, Osborne, Malone, Feeney, Marquis and Easter are all under contract for at least another season although in my opinion none of them are Championship standard. Lomas won't really be able to ring the changes until the end of next season when most of these players will be out of contract as well.

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    • June 20, 2013 at 15:24
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      denslions, He can make them available though which is the only way he's probably going to be rid of them. Either that, or you play them in the reserves and then their agents start working the phones.

      @denslions:

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    • June 20, 2013 at 16:15
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      @denslions: Agree with you on all these players except Malone, Easter and Osbourne. Osbourne is still young enough, shows potential and will improve. Malone has never really had a chance to prove what he can do and I am much more convinced by him on the left of midfield that Woolford. I am sure Easter will be good enough if he gets a decent run in the team

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    • June 20, 2013 at 16:31
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      @denslions: Yet again with my answer to banksy these players are under contract but they can be moved on if he makes it clear they do not figure in his plans for the future, they can be move by hopefully selling them or loans, and if neither is possible then maybe KJ will take them as he thought they were good enough for the championship they should be fantastic in division one.

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      • June 20, 2013 at 17:36
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        Sounds like a Millwall second eleven wearing gold next season then.
        @Barnlion:

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    • June 21, 2013 at 12:05
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      @denslions:

      To be fair I didn't think Feeney was too bad in those last few games. Other than that I agree.

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  • June 20, 2013 at 15:54
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    Good league 1 player without a doubt. Good luck Battman, we wish you well.
    JM and Dan N to go now and striker rebuild can begin. COYL

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  • June 20, 2013 at 17:46
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    Rumour mill indicating that Lee Croft-a right winger- is on Lomas's radar. He's a free agent having rejected a contract from Oldham. Previously with St.Johnstone............

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    • June 20, 2013 at 21:13
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      @NICKOLA: flippin nell nick that's a name I haven't heard for a couple yr did he start at villa ?
      I'll av to google him

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  • June 21, 2013 at 01:29
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    Good luck batty boy

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  • June 21, 2013 at 18:38
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    Well well Mr Lomas you didn't waste any time, can spot a lack of talent.....or is this input from Gallen .
    Nice lad tries hard , but honestly not good enough....I am starting to feel a bit better.

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