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Out-of-contract Oldham winger Croft training with Millwall

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MILLWALL boss Steve Lomas is allowing Oldham's Player of the Year, winger Lee Croft, to train with his squad during their stay at Warwick University this week.

The 28-year-old is a free agent after turning down the offer of a new deal at Boundary Park and has asked to link up with the Lions as he continues to search for a new club.

Lomas is in the market for a left winger this summer so could be persuaded to hand Croft a contract if he impresses, but the former Manchester City trainee is not on an official trial.

Meanwhile, club sources have admitted that Stoke City midfielder Matthew Etherington and Middlesbrough striker Scott McDonald, both linked with the Lions in the national press, are almost certainly out of Lomas' price range.

Talks are continuing with ex-Charlton duo Nicky Bailey and Danny Haynes. Haynes met with Lomas at Millwall's training ground on Friday to discuss a free transfer to The Den.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

48 thoughts on “Out-of-contract Oldham winger Croft training with Millwall

  • July 1, 2013 at 10:02
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    "....and has asked to link up with the Lions as he continues to search for a new club."

    Well fella, I'd say your search is over.

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  • July 1, 2013 at 10:22
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    Any news about the likehood of Simeon Jackson signing for Millwall?

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    • July 1, 2013 at 10:53
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      @Peckhamlad:
      Heard someone say that Jackson was going to Bournemouth. Don't quite see it myself.

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  • July 1, 2013 at 10:25
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    Come on Aldo...........We all knew that yesterday !!
    Looks like we're going to have to wait until the end of the week to see if Croft cuts the mustard.
    What's happened with Bailey and Simeon Jackson ?

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  • July 1, 2013 at 10:31
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    Not sure about Haynes. Don't the anoraks rate him? And I seem to remember he turned us down.

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  • July 1, 2013 at 10:54
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    Presumably, Chaplow is off the radar along with Etherington and McDonald? Not sure about Haynes but I'll give Lomas the benefit of the doubt.

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  • July 1, 2013 at 10:54
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    I think Croft would be a good replacement for Chris Taylor, so fingers crossed on that one. As for strikers muted about, I'm not in favour of Jackson or Haynes, the latter being more of a winger, and I'd like to see us take a punt on a non-league striker which have served us well in the past with the likes of Bomber & Morison. Ultimately, it doesn't matter who our manager is, it's about money & wages and we can't compete in certain areas.

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  • July 1, 2013 at 11:15
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    Considering the dog's abuse the herberts in the West lower gave Haynes as he was warming up at last season's game, I would be amazed if he signed for us. Not sure he's an improvement on what we have anyway. Nicky Bailey would be a good signing IMHO. Croft, I don't know but he's got to be better than Woolford.

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  • July 1, 2013 at 11:20
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    He's a good player, I hope we sign him!

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  • July 1, 2013 at 11:41
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    Croft sounds good to me, our left side really lacks creativity now that Taylor has gone, so he would be a good option and is clearly in the form of his life. As for Haynes, he chose the Anoraks over coming to the Den, but he would be a natural right MF in the event that Henry moved on or got injured. On another note, seems that JB thinks SL is an attack minded manager, seesmt hat we have not yet addressed the lack of quality cover in the full-back positions this Summer. I think we need a RB, and hopefully they can use Malone to cover Lowry at LB, I still think Malone deserves a chance as he has talent but maybe not yet realised it.

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    • July 1, 2013 at 12:02
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      We definately need a right back. Jack Smith-not my favourite player- but he can technically cover the full back position but I think Lomas is going to concentrate on the midfield and forward positions first. No doubt he'll be having a good look at our defence this week and perhaps bring in one or two Premiership loans in the fullness of time to solidify the defence. Premiership players are loaned out to play as opposed to bench warming so that's going to be interesting.
      As Old Les stated recently, the squad is thin in certain areas and I think we'd all agree where they are and if we can see it, I'm sure Lomas can.

      @glyngo:

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  • July 1, 2013 at 12:06
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    Croft would be a very good signing, he's very technical and has a good footballing brain to go with it. I was a Taylor fan but IMO croft offers a bit more. Lomas keep it up. Haynes mmmm not sure on tbh and he'd need to hit the ground running. I know a few charlton lads and they were shocked he was released and rated him highly.

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    • July 1, 2013 at 12:16
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      @Fozzielion1976: The problem with Taylor was that he seemed to be out more than playing, so if Croft was available for more games that would be a big improvement in its self.

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      • July 1, 2013 at 12:57
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        @Sealion: Pretty sure I read that he played all but 1 game for Oldham last season!!

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      • July 1, 2013 at 15:09
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        @Sealion:Your right mate, i really liked Taylor and he seemed to be busy every game, once again fitness was the key to most of the decent payers we get in. I'd love to have seen Harry Kane on loan for a season upfront with Morrison or Easter.

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  • July 1, 2013 at 12:53
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    How about Etherington?

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    • July 1, 2013 at 12:58
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      @NO1LIKESUS: Miles off we'll never afford his wage!! crazy talk...

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      • July 1, 2013 at 13:23
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        @TheBermondseyBomber: definately a no go not if lomas is serious about getting nicky bailey
        he won't be able to afford both their wages.

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        • July 2, 2013 at 08:38
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          @lukesmithmfc: I know I'll get slated for this but I dont rate Bailey - I think I'd prefer Etherington over him!

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  • July 1, 2013 at 13:32
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    Lee Croft is a right sided player. Not sure that's what we need - another right footed winger. Hope that Lomas isn't going for the Big Nose trick of square pegs in round holes

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    • July 1, 2013 at 14:11
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      Looks like Lomas wants at least 2 right wingers then given that we've already got Henry.There certainly seems to be no shortage of names in the hat for that role. Left side and a central midfielder should be the priority and someone also needed to put pressure on Dunne.

      @Old_Les:

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  • July 1, 2013 at 14:25
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    Need a left sided winger , that brings natural balance to the side. Woolford aint good enough so it's an area that must be strenghtened.

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  • July 1, 2013 at 14:59
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    If this story is accurate we have a mid table budget at the very best. Now it's down to the talent of the manager and his team to turn mid table into top six contenders. Best of luck to SL and his team COYL

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    • July 1, 2013 at 15:08
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      @lion.ie: all things considered (size of gates etc.), I'd be happy with a mid-table budget. Last season we had a relegation budget

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      • July 1, 2013 at 16:50
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        @junkmale: Yep, agreed JM, but it's still about managing the fans expectations. We hit the top six last year and nearly everybody got carried away. KJ was the best and everything was rosy and we were play off contenders. Within a few short weeks it all went sour and KJ was clueless and we had the worst squad ever. We probably have a marginally bigger budget, although none of us really know, so the manager is under immediate pressure to do better than his predecessor. It's a tough ask for a young manager and Millwall fans aren't renowned for our patience en masse. All the signs are positive so far, but I just want to see the points on the board from what looks a potentially productive set of fixtures in August/September before I get carried along on the wave.

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  • July 1, 2013 at 19:06
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    DJ Campbell is now a free agent... Any takers?

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  • July 1, 2013 at 20:56
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    Definitely - but I don't think there's a cat in hell's chance we'd be able to meet his wage demands.
    He scored 10 in 17 on loan at Ipswich and that sort of strike rate means half the Championship will be in for him - the half who are still banking Premier League parachute payments!!!!!

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  • July 1, 2013 at 21:05
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    Chatting to a Reading supporter round my way today. He says the rumours at Reading are Simon Church is coming to us. Like i say only a rumour but aren't they all?

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    • July 2, 2013 at 09:26
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      We can't sign everyone being mentioned. Just a case of who fits the wage bill and who Lomas deems a Millwall type of player.
      @Windsor Lion:

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      • July 2, 2013 at 10:57
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        @NICKOLA: I agree with what you say,but as lion said earlier our fans are not at all patient.What our fans need to do is accept we dont have the money to do What we would like to do and as long as SL is positive have patience,and above all get rid of this stupid west ham vermin attitude,after all said and done look at the history of ex west ham players who have given millwall good service.So what we need is to get behind the new regime and have patience,as in my view its the only option.

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        • July 2, 2013 at 11:51
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          Got no problem with any of that. There are going to be at least 4 players signing on before August I'm very, very sure of that. I'm optimistic that not only are they going to be better than what we've got, but their arrival will also allow the deadwood to be shipped out.

          @jim1222:

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  • July 2, 2013 at 10:58
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    Dj camper on his way

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    • July 2, 2013 at 12:05
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      To Warwick or to the contract signing table ?

      @benzo:

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  • July 2, 2013 at 12:19
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    I really wouldn't get too excited about DJ Campbell signing. QPR have hinted they may give him a chance to stay there and as they're one of the richest clubs in Europe I can't really see us being able to compete financially. Would be a great signing, but realistically his wages would blow our pay structure apart.

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    • July 2, 2013 at 12:24
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      Apparently he's on 15k a week at QPR which is going to upset a few of the lads at Millwall. He's also got a bit of a reputation of believing he's a big time charlie which won't sit well either.
      Bit of a non starter in my opinion.
      @Lonz:

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  • July 2, 2013 at 12:34
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    By all accounts there were no 'big-time charlie' antics at Ipswich, but his wages are 'big-time' and unless he's prepared to take a massive pay cut I can't see him at The Den - except lining up against us!!!!

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  • July 2, 2013 at 12:39
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    Church is the long term prospect IMO and offers the chance to develop and earn us some cash when he moves on. DJC would be great but he HAS to drop hsi demands to be a realistic target. Don't forget we have the goal machine that is Jermaine Easter, waiting in the wings!

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    • July 2, 2013 at 12:45
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      Everyone seems to have forgotten about Keogh. I think with Morison as a partner he will do well this season. Still need a new striker though................@glyngo:

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      • July 2, 2013 at 14:08
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        You are right! Keogh is quality, if he can find form he can be devastating in the Chamoionship.
        @NICKOLA:

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  • July 2, 2013 at 14:18
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    If we can get Simeon Jackson that would be spot on. Jackson and Morison trained and played with each other last year so it's a partnership in waiting. Unfortunately I think we'll be priced out of it. I don't get the clamour for Church unless it's cover for Morison.

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  • July 2, 2013 at 15:36
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    I don't know anything about Croft but from the picture above he looks like he has had too many pies to be a winger looks more like a pub player.

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  • July 2, 2013 at 17:08
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    According to speculation on Sky news Millwall are looking at former Reading midfielder Kalifa Cisse
    who wants to return to England. Not a bad player at all. But there are also other clubs in the frame.

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    • July 2, 2013 at 17:21
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      @Peckhamlad: *But the same source said SL was interested in Marlin Harewood former Barnsley striker who is a free agent. So many names no substance.

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  • July 2, 2013 at 17:28
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    I am puzzled as to why we are interested in Haynes or Croft because they are both right sided players. Henry is our regular right winger and Feeney is a reasonable backup to him. With our limited budget our priorities should be a right back, an attacking midfielder, another striker and a left winger. If there is still money in the kitty after that by all means sign other players to further strengthen the squad. Also slightly worried that we will still have to pay the wages for other players in the squad that won't figure in SL's plans who are still under contract if we can't transfer or loan them to other clubs.

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    • July 2, 2013 at 18:30
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      Don't agree that Feeney is a reasonable back-up to Henry. He's a League one standard player IMO. If we're going to solidify our position in the Championship and attempt to get into the top of that league then there's no room for sentiment or for sub standard players, even as back-ups. That same dart is aimed at Woolford and co. We need new players and Lomas has obviously identified a right winger as one of them. We do need a left winger, midfield etc. but looks like Lomas isn't going to be rushed into anything. We'll have the new players by August and then perhaps what's left that's not up to scratch can be sold, contracts cancelled or loaned out.
      @denslions:

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  • July 2, 2013 at 19:04
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    Nickola - Not disagreeing with you but I don't think we need Croft and Haynes, one or the other by all means but not both, although I am not sure that Haynes is much better than players we already have. Also I am not sure that Croft would want to sign to be a bench warmer for Henry.

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    • July 2, 2013 at 19:38
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      Lot of speculation as to who we're interested in but that's all it is- just speculation. Croft is training with Millwall at the moment for a fact which does lead to believing he's under consideration.
      We aren't going to sign two new right wingers for example to add to Henry, so all these names that crop up that just happen to be available are no indication that we're actually going to sign them. Lomas has got a definitive list and probably working through it right now but he knows what positions we need to strengthen and normally, we don't have the insight to know what's going on behind the scenes and how close so and so is to signing. and more importantly, who he actually wants. Do they fit into the budget ? If they do, does that mean he can't sign someone he also wants because the budget dictates otherwise. Difficult job tring to shuffle the money between what you want and what you can afford.
      Must admit, it's gone a bit flat after a brief flurry of transfers so probably just as anxious as you to get new players on board.
      @denslions:

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