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Millwall boss wants to strengthen up front and in midfield

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© Edmund Boyden

STEVE Lomas has revealed he is still looking to strengthen Millwall's striking and midfield options despite the arrivals of Lee Martin and Steve Morison.

Morison has returned to the club on a season-long loan deal from Leeds United, whilst Martin signed a one-year contract with the Lions last week.

But Lomas confirmed: "I think up front and central midfield are the areas where we are really still looking at the minute."

Martin can play left wing or centrally and Lomas envisages the 26-year-old fulfilling several different roles throughout the season. He said: "Lee's a very good Championship player with plenty of games under his belt. He can fill a variety of positions and with us having a small-ish squad, we're going to need players like Lee."

The former Ipswich Town man has only signed on for the next 12 months but Lomas does not see such a short deal as being an issue. He added: "Primarily we wanted the player, so whatever needed to be done was done. The plus side is that we've got a player for a year who's going to have to play well."

Millwall's need for midfield reinforcements was heightened last week when Liam Trotter underwent knee surgery, which is likely to keep him out of action for at least six weeks.

Lomas said: "At least it's done now and we're not sitting here four weeks down the line with Liam still needing an operation. Some people were saying that he wasn't very effective in the second half of last season, but he's been playing with something that the fans didn't see.

"It shows the character of the boy. It's not ideal but the positive is that we've found it now and not closer to August 3."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

26 thoughts on “Millwall boss wants to strengthen up front and in midfield

  • July 8, 2013 at 11:33
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    Looking forward to seeing the next few signings. Very exciting pre season! COYL!

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  • July 8, 2013 at 11:46
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    He's proactive the man, making the right noises. Miiiiiiiiiiiiiilllll

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  • July 8, 2013 at 11:52
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    All the signs are encouraging and by he's own admission Lomas is always on the phone to agents either him calling them to inquire about player availability or them phoning him. But i hope its not just a scatter gun approach and there is some method as it seems we are linked with every unattached player out there. Bailey's situation seems to be running forever, Chaplow is being linked with other clubs, Mehdi Abeid? I hope that Lomas's ambition is being supported by the board like they promised him........COYL the intention is there by Lomas, lets follow it through.....

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  • July 8, 2013 at 11:57
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    Things are finally looking up at Millwall, this has been a long time coming and Lomas certainly has made some decent signings so far. Exciting times for us all at last. COYL.

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  • July 8, 2013 at 12:23
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    Sounds like a plan ....... But nothing mentioned about any pending deals on the cards soon.
    But hey I'm trying to stay positive

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  • July 8, 2013 at 12:33
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    Not been this excited for a long while, staying positive because it sounds like we have a plan at last

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  • July 8, 2013 at 12:45
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    Is it me or does Lomas always look like he's had a few pints?

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    • July 8, 2013 at 18:45
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      He always looks like he needs a few pints to me. Either way, I'd want him on my side in a ruck that's for sure !

      @Reg Burrs Coat Peg:

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  • July 8, 2013 at 13:19
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    Well he has just thought what he has let himself in for being the Millwall manager, But the signs are looking good but the proof of the pudding as they say, like to see some more dead wood moved on before the season starts. Then he may have room to go for some new players (dont understand the Trotter op being done now, surley it should have taken place when the season finished) but that was before SL was on board.

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    • July 8, 2013 at 13:31
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      @Barnlion: I think I read somewhere that they wanted to see if rest would help it? But . Totally agree with you at least it shows why trotter was so ineffective towards the back end of the season

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    • July 8, 2013 at 16:34
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      @Barnlion:
      Might not be so easy to get rif of the dead wood
      Dng will be around for a bit useless charlton go for him.
      Woolford, who knows
      I was thinking that jackett would come in for Robbo (not dead wood) but now he got Rickets that's unlikely

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  • July 8, 2013 at 14:07
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    he's starting to look like a slim Johnny Vegas!!!

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  • July 8, 2013 at 14:27
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    Is this story supplied by the Department Of Stating The Bloody Obvious? Who didn't already realise that one striker and a lone midfielder coming in to the club is way short of what is needed? All the players we are being linked with may well be encouraging, but I'm afraid I won't be getting enthusiastic about the coming season until we actually sign a couple of them.

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    • July 8, 2013 at 14:31
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      @Hedgehog: I agree totally !!! I can see a headline, early August saying " Lomas' frustration at not getting his targets, but there is money to spend" ! Same as every transfer window ..................................... Boring now

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  • July 8, 2013 at 14:33
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    NICKOLA, is your crystal ball f*****?? lol

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    • July 8, 2013 at 18:23
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      Not completely f***** but somewhat obscure at the moment.
      Croft didn't make the cut I'm assuming and as Lomas has stated he's concentrating on central midfield and a striker, then he's obviously happy with Henry.
      Nicky Bailey would be a bloody good fit as the central midfielder but he's hanging on for more money. We'll see who cracks first.
      At least another 3 to come in and they will be in this week I'm sure about that.

      Strood Lion:

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      • July 8, 2013 at 19:24
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        @NICKOLA: Great, I hope your prediction is spot on. It is going to be an interesting baptism for SL

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          • July 9, 2013 at 08:45
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            @NICKOLA: you stuck your neck out and said Bailey a few posts ago!! whilst i hope you are right we cant be dictated too regarding wages. Especially from a Ginger Ninger!!!!!!

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  • July 8, 2013 at 15:30
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    I've been going millwall for 14 years this will be my 15th year of being a season ticket holder (im not even 18 yet) and i havnt felt this good waiting for the begining of a season in a long time. but as long as the players play with passion, im happy but this year i can see us really making a bit more of a stand in the championship.

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  • July 8, 2013 at 17:03
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    I'm excited!

    MIL!!!!

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  • July 8, 2013 at 21:42
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    Reports tonight that SL is close to agreeing a deal for Reading striker Simon Church. Skilful, pacy and with a lot to prove after never really getting a fair crack of the whip at Reading, I'd say he could be the perfect foil for Morison - especially when Bomber gets the best out of him!!!

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    • July 8, 2013 at 22:15
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      Not sure he's going to sign Church as he's not exactly the perfect foil for Morison. Keogh would be a better choice. However, his signing would mean arrivaderci to DNG and that's good enough for me.

      @Lonz:

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    • July 8, 2013 at 22:26
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      @Lonz: Not sure about Church he has spent an awful lot of time out on loan, To Crewe, Wycombe, Yeovil, Huddersfield, etc. He is nothing special.

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  • July 8, 2013 at 21:55
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    Wasn't too sure when I heard about Lomas getting the job but these signings are decent. If he keeps making good signings and pleasing the fans by doing things like bringing Harris in to the coaching staff then I think he'll be popular at Christmas, providing we have a decent start of course.

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  • July 9, 2013 at 09:25
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    some speculation in Daily Mirror linking Millwall with Man City full back Reece Wabara. But lot of other clubs are in for him as well.

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