Millwall prospect signs professional terms after Lomas talks

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YOUNG Millwall midfielder Fred Onyedinma has agreed to sign a long-term professional contract with the club following a meeting with Steve Lomas.

Onyedinma has been training with the first-team squad since pre-season began on Monday and is expected to be handed a squad number ahead of the new season.

The Lions said in a statement that they "fought off approaches from a number of Premier League and Championship clubs" to keep hold of the 16-year-old, who was last season's Schoolboy Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year.

Academy boss Scott Fitzgerald told the club's official site: "We're delighted that Fred is staying with us and is now progressing into the senior ranks. He has shown great commitment to this club and we have done likewise to him.

"Steve Lomas spent some time with Fred and his family earlier this week, and with everything the manager has on his plate having only just arrived here, it is clear that he sees the development of our talented youngsters as a priority.

"Fred has already been training with the first-team squad this week and I'm looking forward to seeing him develop."

Onyedinma had been linked with Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool, whilst Reading were also believed to have been keen. Speaking last week, Fitzgerald said:  "Fred's name has been in the papers but we've got other good players as well.

"Fred is 16-years-old and has just taken his GCSEs, so let's not get carried away. But he's someone we've identified as definitely having potential - and it seems a few other clubs have as well. We think there's a future at Millwall for him."

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  1. Omer Ronayne says:

    Hopefully gets some game time during pre season! I for one have been to a couple of U21 games and he was immense, especially at his age! Bring on the new season! MILLL

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  2. Basingstokelion says:

    Aldo you missed off chelski in that list where he actually ended up going over there, I maybe wrong but I think he played in a game for them with Millwall's permission.

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  3. Micky Lions says:

    Bringing through decent youth players into the squad is something we've really let slip over the past decade. Hopefully its something the club is looking to put right again.

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  4. Great news, good to see Millwall investing in the youngsters. How long is a long term contract these day's????? and please everyone don't say 'Long'......

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  5. Peckhamlad says:

    Congratulations Fred, you have signed for a great club I hope you become as succesful as Brazil's Fred!
    Good luck in your new career.

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  6. Kennyp says:

    Things are looking really promising. Investing time in our young players could start to see us attract more of them, and of a higher quality, saving us being the club chasing such players. Very happy with the appointment of Lomas. It sounds like he played a big part in this and at last we have someone willing to think about the future. Very exciting!

    Well done Fred :-)

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  7. Sidcup_Lad says:

    Good!

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  8. the ref says:

    This is a giant leap in the right direction. I like the fact SL went and spoke to him and his parents, and he then signed for us. Following on from Goodman signing a new contract maybe the youth will once again start coming through, and this maybe the most significant signing of all

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    • NICKOLA says:

      Can't argue with that. If Millwall are to strike forwards and upwards, the club has to be seen to be professional, ambitious and passionate. That will enable us to not only trawl the area and keep better youth players but also to be able to progress them through the ranks. The whole youth structure is undergoing refurbishment and Millwall will then be a team worthy of playing for. That's what's filtering through to the likes of Onyedimna.
      @the ref:

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  9. denslions says:

    All we need to do now is get our scouting system sorted out so local talented youngsters don't get picked up by other clubs.

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  10. TheBermondseyBomber says:

    Brilliant news.... This is really a step in the right direction - loving all the positives coming fo us at the moment! Apparently Arsenal were very very interested so we've done exceptionally well to get him on a pro contract!! Miiiiiiiiiiiiiillllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

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  11. lukesmithmfc says:

    Nice one Fred
    Good luck son work hard keep your head down and listen and you'll break through quick enough.
    Good work stevie lo

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  12. Millwall1979 says:

    Alright ok enough enough where has the real millwall gone !!

    Had twenty nine years of being let down and p***** of to be a millwall fan I don't know where this good feeling is coming from but bring it on talk of players coming in, good PR signing good youngsters all the fans singing from same page !!

    Can't wait for new season with some new faces COYL

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  13. mewall62 says:

    Fred "enough said "

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  14. Big Millwall says:

    Well done and good luck

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