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Exclusive: Millwall thrashing out contract terms with Bailey

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MILLWALL took a step closer to signing free agent Nicky Bailey yesterday after making the midfielder a formal contract offer.

Bailey has been on the Lions' radar for almost a month but there is now resolve on both sides to get a deal done following weeks of tentative toing and froing.

The ex-Middlesbrough star visited the club's training ground last week to undergo some preliminary medical tests in a bid to prove his fitness to manager Steve Lomas.

Further face-to-face talks have been held this week and chief executive Andy Ambler has since begun negotiating personal terms with Bailey's agent.

Since leaving the Riverside Stadium at the end of last season, the 29-year-old has been doing pre-season training with former Jamaica international Jamie Lawrence at a recreation centre in Wandsworth.

Millwall have lined up Gary Dicker, released by Brighton at the end of last season, as a possible alternative generic lexapro good should talks with Bailey collapse.

Dicker was an integral part of the Seagulls side which won promotion to the Championship in 2012, and he made 20 appearances last season.

But the 26-year-old could soon be snapped up by rivals Blackpool, where he is currently training, meaning the Lions will have to move quickly to land their targets.

Lomas has made no secret of his desire to further strengthen his midfield ranks, despite the signing of Richard Chaplow, but says he has no interest in signing squad players.

He said: "There's almost no point bringing in back up, you need people to go and play 35-40 games a season.

"There's certainly no need to panic because if you bring in somebody for the sake of, you've got them for good. You don't want to want to look back and think you've wasted your money. The loan market is always there if we need it."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

66 thoughts on “Exclusive: Millwall thrashing out contract terms with Bailey

  • July 18, 2013 at 08:19
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    just get this deal done!!

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  • July 18, 2013 at 08:21
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    I quite rate dicker, so if the bailey talks are unsuccessful I wouldn't be too disappointed with the alternative.

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  • July 18, 2013 at 08:22
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    If he signs then all we need is another striker and bring on the season,Not heard much about Harwood hopefully he will go to Bristol city but have heard lomas in intrested in neil danns another good player.

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    • July 18, 2013 at 11:08
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      Harewood's 3 days are up today and as Lomas is fine tuning the squad, expect him to be on his way to Bristol about now.
      Going to be interesting to see the starting eleven vs. Gillingham which should indicate his starting eleven for Yeovil allowing for players missing due to injury or yet to sign.
      Still think Shorey might be in the frame for a contract, but if Bailey and Davies sign can't see contracts for any of the others training with Millwall at the moment.
      @colin66:

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      • July 18, 2013 at 12:02
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        @NICKOLA: Baily and steve davis would be good signings for us

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  • July 18, 2013 at 08:25
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    Bailey has hardly jumped at the chance to join us has he? I think he is a bit of a journeyman and wonder if he will play with the pride we demand from our players.

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    • July 18, 2013 at 08:35
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      @glyngo: Yes, that's what I thought Glyn but I'm sure Lomas knows what he's doing in pursuing him.
      Presumably, Harwood's days are up with us and he's gone?

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    • July 18, 2013 at 09:15
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      @glyngo: Jounreyman? hes only played for 5 teams since 2001, will be a very good signin in my opinion

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      • July 18, 2013 at 09:50
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        That averages one club every two years Banksy...that's journeyman behaviour in my opinion. I do udnerstand that he was quality a few years back, but I just can't see him laying his body on the line for us when it really counts. @banksy:

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        • July 18, 2013 at 09:54
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          @glyngo: his first two teams were sutton and barnet, then southend, charlton and middlesborough, he hasnt been around and hes only played for two teams at our level, im pretty sure SL will have a few things to say if he doesnt pull his weight

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      • July 18, 2013 at 09:59
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        @banksy: Thats still only 2 seasons per club hardly long term commitment. Looks like he moves on at the end of each contract. Don't know the facts only commenting on the figures. I don't suspect he has ever had a testimonial!

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        • July 18, 2013 at 10:06
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          @Sealion: the first four clubs he has moved from shows progression of course he would move from a non league club to league 2 then to league 1 then championship, wouldnt any body? and there are plenty of footballers that have not had a testimonial, in recent years weve only had 3 players, it pretty much takes a whole chunk of a career to get a testimonial

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  • July 18, 2013 at 08:40
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    Thinking Dicker would be the better bet looking forward, younger, cheaper wages, and we already have chaps now.... But bailey is a better player though aving said all that but he is knocking 30.

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  • July 18, 2013 at 09:10
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    Are either as good as Trotter? Dicker at 25 has only 23 appearances for Brighton, only 4 shots at goal. Bailey did well for Charlton when he was there scoring 25 goals in 88 games but has not done so well with Middlesborough, he has the experience though. Personally not keen on either but have faith in SL's judgement. When Trotter is fit again I think he will be stronger with Chaplow beside him. . Another striker is essential. Got to congratulate SL he is working his socks off.

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    • July 18, 2013 at 09:53
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      @Peckhamlad: Dicker and Bender in the same team is this a good idea ?
      haha.

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    • July 18, 2013 at 14:43
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      @Peckhamlad: F****** hell "as good as Trotter" if they are then we are f*****. Trotter is s*** for most of the season.

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  • July 18, 2013 at 09:20
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    I would be more than happy with bailey!

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    • July 18, 2013 at 09:23
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      @Big Millwall: Bailey would be good but SL said he wanted players committed to the Millwall cause - Bailey is not exactly jumping at the chance to join us

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        • July 18, 2013 at 09:59
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          That's true Aldo but maybe there were ongoing discussions before a contract was drafted, if I really want a job I negotiate the contract as a priority!@Alex Aldridge:

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      • July 18, 2013 at 09:38
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        @Profiler4: You can't blame the guy for trying to get the best terms he can. Once you have signed the contract you are stuck with it. From what I have seen and heard IMO Bailey would make a good addition to the team adding some missing bite in midfield.
        From what I have seen of SL since he has arrived he appears to know exactly what he wants and what he's doing. It may have been "in Kenny we trust" but I now think its " In Steve we believe" Its got a ring to it LOL.

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  • July 18, 2013 at 10:16
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    Bailey would be a great signing - very good player at this level and would add a bit of kick bite and bollock to the midfield and can actually pass a ball to someone on his own side. Perhaps some would prefer Jim running round like a headless chicken winning the ball then giving it straight back. Bailey could slot into a 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 (which Lomas is on record as saying he prefers) - midfield of Chaplow Bailey and Trotter anyone? I thinking the thing that'll swing him to sign is club supplied factor 50 on sunny match days - something he never needed in Middlesborough where the sun never cuts through the chemical smog.

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    • July 18, 2013 at 10:39
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      I can't argue with your succinct assessment of Jimmy's playing style, if only he could pass!!!!!@Old_Les:

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    • July 18, 2013 at 11:02
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      Agree with your comments there Les.
      A few tears back a tornado went through Middlesborough and caused 38 million quids worth of improvements.
      I'm very sure Bailey will sign, which will mean the end of a regular first team spot I think for Abdou and others. Bit too lightweight for Lomas methinks. Now, if we can get Davies as well this week, it will be time to get the beers out, sit in the garden and dream of dreams.
      @Old_Les:

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  • July 18, 2013 at 10:18
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    Dicker or Bailey makes no difference really. Either will do a job though Bailey's recent Boro scoring record is poor. Dicker don't score goals either so must be a holding midfielder but is 4 years his junior so might be the better option.
    COYL

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  • July 18, 2013 at 10:20
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    If we manage to sign Bailey it would be a battle very well won.

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  • July 18, 2013 at 10:30
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    Get bailey and McDonald or Davis and id be very happy with out dealings in the transfer window.!! Too much to ash for?!

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  • July 18, 2013 at 10:35
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    I have been following this story as its been unfolding on twitter as he's wife (whos on twitter) rightly or wrongly has been engaging with so called Millwall Rumour mill twitter accounts and it looks as though there has been some unfair comments and assumptions made towards Nicky Bailey and his wife for the reasons this transfer has been taking so long to resolve. I.e Looking for more money, hearts not in it, not passionate, other clubs offering more etc, etc. If he hasn't even received an offer from Millwall regards to wage and terms then how can that be? If truth be told, he's a lad from Putney that married a local girl who's family are Millwall through and through. Millwall are the team of choice and have been through this whole process.

    He will be a sound signing and potentially will be an as popular signing as Chaplow or Morison, if not more so.....He's a Millwall type player alright, he's horrible and the opposition will be picking out his studs from their shin guards at the end of each game, just how we like em. Lets give the boy a chance before we condemn him. That's if he signs of course.....

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    • July 18, 2013 at 10:41
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      Let's see if he finally does commit, I will hold my final judgement till that day, but I would plead with the club not to pay too much for him, he's good but is he so good that we should risk our financial stability further than it is already stretched?@Windy:

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      • July 18, 2013 at 10:52
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        @glyngo: Definitely not and i don't think JB would let anyone risk what he has achieved in stabilizing this club over the past few years. I've read a lot of your post Glyngo and your an intelligent lad, i don't need to tell you that we need to push on and if that means upping our wage structure slightly for a a better class of player to attract bigger crowds and to be competitive then we need to do it....Like Lomas says... "if you don't move forward then you go backwards as there is no standing still in football". If we go backwards then league one beckons...

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        • July 18, 2013 at 11:00
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          Cheers mate. I trust in JB completely, that bloke gave up on making a fortune on Millwall years ago, everything he does now is a community project, got a lot os respect for the guy. I do think we need to improve the home performances and better players will do that, we can't expect home crowds to improve if we only win away games.@Windy:

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    • July 18, 2013 at 10:44
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      @Windy: Sounds good to me Windy, can't really blame the doubters re his commitment etc etc as we can only comment on the snippets we hear about and that is really what this site is all about. Happy days.

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    • July 18, 2013 at 12:11
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      @Windy: his wife does sound a gobby cow though and the fact she has named herself 'princess' says is all really 🙂

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      • July 18, 2013 at 12:36
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        @MFC Steve: Are you one of those guys who have been giving attitude to his wife/girlfriend.

        I actually found it disgusting how some so called Millwall Fans (@RealWall) was accusing Bailey of all the things mentioned in previous comments and then started a full blown argument with the woman.
        It's guys like this who give us Real Fans a bad name outside of the club.

        I think Steve Lomas and the board have recently done well to pick up our reputation especially after everything which has gone (Racism and Fighting amongst fans at Wembley) but there are still some numbnuts around which damage that!!

        Sorry to bark on, just passionate about this as I have to explain everyday to a client or colleague I'm not a knuckle-dragging racist who isn't interested in football apart from fighting and then drug taking in toilets.

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        • July 18, 2013 at 13:28
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          @Bradders: Oh dear - happy clap ultra alert. What a load of b***** you have to explain every day (every day??????) to a client blah blah blah. You should sit next to News at Den's very own Harriet Harperson and together you can s*** all our fans off for the action of about .5%. T*****

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          • July 18, 2013 at 13:36
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            @Old_Les: Whose slagging our fans off, I wouldn't s*** off the real fans who turn up for the football and care about the reputation of the club... unless there is some numpty causing trouble of course unless you condone their behaviour Les?? ... read carefully what I have put before jumping to conclusions.

            Many people's perceptions of Millwall (due to the media) are very much bad, which is why I tell all my colleagues and clients why we are such a great football club.... but it's people like the 'day-trippers' to Wembley and big games at the Den (who are there solely for the violence) who give us a bad name.... Would you NOT want to get rid of these idiots Les??

            I love Millwall and wouldn't ever want t**** ruining our club.... is that too much to ask

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        • July 18, 2013 at 14:01
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          @Bradders: I'm with you on the Bailey Mrs thing - some people have been harrassing her so much its a wonder Nicky is still considering playing for us!!

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          • July 18, 2013 at 14:54
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            @TheBermondseyBomber: we have more than our fair share of twitter morons...... Who do they think they are . They are not Millwall fans. Les you know what the geezer means or does being a decent human being make you a Palace supporter....now that's b*****

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  • July 18, 2013 at 10:36
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    Get bailey and McDonald or Davis and id be very happy with out dealings in the transfer window.!! Too much to ask for?!

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  • July 18, 2013 at 10:41
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    Just do it!!!!!

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  • July 18, 2013 at 10:45
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    Not over concerned with how these negotiations are panning out he'll be a very good signing for us knows the division and more than knows the area so won't have any issues settling in. Not in agreement with him showing a lack of commitment to us before he's signed but that's just my opinion. In sure he'll sign on the dotted line before the weeks out.

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    • July 18, 2013 at 11:12
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      I'm sure he will too Luke !
      Who do you want....Davies, Waghorn or McDonald ?

      @lukesmithmfc:

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      • July 18, 2013 at 19:45
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        @NICKOLA: arrrggggghhh
        Already had this out last week nick
        I like McDonald more than the others but I reckon there's more chance signing Ronald than Scott.
        I'd push all the way for McDonald and then try for waghorn on a 2 yr contract max and set him a target for next season if he fails I'd sell him next summer in the hope that Charlie Penney will be ready for first team football as I believe and have a gut feeling he's the next big thing for us.

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    • July 18, 2013 at 12:28
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      @lukesmithmfc: With you on that... dont think it shows a lack of commitment at all.... He's not going to be committed to any club until he's employed by that club! Some comments I see on here baffle me!!

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      • July 18, 2013 at 19:53
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        @TheBermondseyBomber: yeah me too bomber I don't see the sense in it tbh. The first pre season I can ever remember being linked with so many players and amongst them really good ones and also some good players wanting to come and get fit with us.
        It can only be good for us as we're getting good publicity at the same time.

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  • July 18, 2013 at 11:19
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    I'm enjoying the transfer window! I'm use to players leaving the club , not joining! The club is showing some good ambition !

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    • July 18, 2013 at 12:23
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      @conor: Me too Conor, I was hoping to have a few weeks rest from this site after the stress of the run in last season but I can't keep away its compelling viewing. Never known such excitement and optimism in the summer in all my years. Well done all involved with MFC.

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  • July 18, 2013 at 11:30
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    Reading between the lines of Mrs Bailey's twitter feed, it does look like he is signing for us this week.

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  • July 18, 2013 at 12:08
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    Really hope we get this tied up then this really just leaves another striker and possible a right back.

    I really like Lomas comments regarding not buying back up players. This must mean he sees what we currently have as back up and he is looking for quality to take their starting places.

    This has been a great transfer window so far and whilst I am not under any illusions that we have the quality to make a promotion challenge the squad Lomas is putting together looks to be very competitive and should not be in danger if a relegation battle again.

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  • July 18, 2013 at 12:36
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    Buzzing. Bailey, Chaplow, Morison & possibly Shorey? Look back at 2-3 years ago these lot would have cost us a fortune so to be signing this quality on frees/loans is unreal. Talk about putting bums on seats

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  • July 18, 2013 at 13:05
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    Forde/Bywater
    Dunne/Pantsil Shittu/Osbourne Beevers/Robinson Lowry/Shorey

    Henry/Croft Bailey/Abdou Chaplow/Trotter Martin/Nguesson

    Morison/Davies Keogh/Easter

    Do you think this is the strength and depth that Lomas was talking about??? The defense looks something else....

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    • July 18, 2013 at 13:11
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      @Windy: as a Starting Eleven based on your team above I'd have -

      Forde
      Pantsil Shittu Robinson Shorey
      Henry Bailey Trotter Chaplow
      Morison Waghorn/Davies

      That team on paper looks quality and certainly one of the best teams I've seen at the Den, but it can all come to nothing if the players don't Gel, just look at Wolves.... Prem quality throughout but just never played as a team!!

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      • July 18, 2013 at 14:38
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        @Bradders: looks a decent line up but I would have new dad N'Guessan in there as well when he returns because i think he might surprise this season. The chemistry between him and SL might work. Will he try to sign Pantsil?

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        • July 18, 2013 at 14:56
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          @Peckhamlad: Maybe N'Guessan on the Left while Trotter is out and put Chaplow in the middle but then we have Lee Martin to fit somewhere.... it's just good to see we have options for a change.

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          • July 18, 2013 at 15:39
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            @Bradders: Absolutely, just read on sky sports that SL is undecided about all of the trialists after the poor second half perfomance against Brentford. So he might not sign any of them unless they come good Saturday, if they play.

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      • July 18, 2013 at 15:35
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        Ideal eleven......
        Forde
        Dunne Shittu Beevers Shorey
        Henry Bailey Trotter Chaplow
        Morrison Davies
        Subs
        Bywater, Lowry, Robinson, Martin, Osborne, Keogh, Easter.

        Still not sure about Dunne but we'll see. Also assuming of course Bailey and Davies sign !
        @Bradders:

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        • July 18, 2013 at 16:10
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          @NICKOLA: I'd have Frazer Richardson in the team, latest Trailist I see, again an improvement on what we have.

          Like you I'm not sure on Dunney, has the heart but lacking technical ability and if I was being critical about him last season, gave away too many needless fouls IMO

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    • July 18, 2013 at 14:58
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      @Windy: fantastic looking squad that....maybe not if you are a championship glamour club but these are all highly respected competitive championship players.
      If Trotter can play up he could be blinding with this lot around him.

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      • July 18, 2013 at 16:55
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        @Lincolnshire Lion: please please please SL get them to gel and there will be a lot of happy lions t the den come august

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  • July 18, 2013 at 20:19
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    Hi guys
    First posting on here...transfered from Millwall mad...fed up
    With all the bitching....I for one would like to see Bailey
    COYL

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    • July 18, 2013 at 22:59
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      @millwallphil: welcome phil
      Good site this mate
      Happy posting.

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  • July 19, 2013 at 04:15
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    So so pleased with the way things are shaping up and it makes a change that the starting 11 doesnt pick itself but we know lomas prefers an attacking formation so i expect something more like this (at least once people are bedded in) :-
    Forde
    Beevers Shittu Lowry (all are better with and without the ball than robbo however much we all luv the man)
    Henry Bailey Trotter Chaplow
    Kehoe
    Morro Easter/new striker

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  • July 19, 2013 at 06:45
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    Hi Luke
    Thanks for the welcome
    I just think that he would give us the necessary bite
    In midfield we have so sadly been missing.
    Very optimistic about the season.
    Nice to see we have more to choowe from than just
    The leftovers !
    It's also good to finally see most people getting behind al
    After all the critical postings
    Finally lookingforward to seeing the team locally to me against
    The Pikeys on Saturday
    NOLUWDC !!!

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  • July 19, 2013 at 06:47
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    Bloody predictive text

    Should be getting behind SL !

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  • July 19, 2013 at 07:58
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    I wonder if benny Fenton had trouble with supporters interfering with transfers via social
    Media ?

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