Loan star Edwards wants to sign permanently for Millwall

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CARLOS Edwards is waiting by the phone for Millwall boss Ian Holloway to call him with a permanent contract offer.

The Ipswich Town full-back has confirmed he would "love" to extend his stay at The Den after a successful loan spell.

Edwards was ever-present in the Lions side during the eight-game unbeaten run which kept them in the Championship.

And the 35-year-old is praying that manager Holloway asks him to stay on next season.

"I've been waiting for my phone to ring," Edwards told the Southwark News.

"The manager did say that he will get in contact with me – he has to speak to the chairman and the board before making a final decision.

"If it was up to him, he may have signed me straight after the game but there are ways and means of doing business professionally.

"I think he's a man of his word – so if he says he's going to give me or my agent a call, then we will take it from there.

"I'm patiently waiting and I hope I do get a call. Once that happens it should be fairly straightforward.

"Millwall is a great club, with great fans and a great manager, so even if we had gone down that might have persuaded me to stay.

"But we're still in the Championship and I'd love to be a permanent member of the squad. I think the lads here are a special bunch and we can achieve a lot together."

It is understood that Millwall are keen for Edwards to stay and will open talks with him shortly, possibly before the end of the week.

Wigan are also interested but Edwards, who will become a free agent next month when his Ipswich deal expires, is not tempted by other offers.

"There are a few other clubs knocking but I really, really feel settled here," he said.

"I didn't just choose to come to Millwall on loan because I wanted to play football – I chose them them because I saw the potential of the club under Ian Holloway.

"It was another challenge for me to come here, help the guys reach safety and give them the spark they were missing.

"I loved working under the manager – he's been absolutely great. He's been different class.

"We showed play-off form towards the end of the season – that taste of going eight games unbeaten makes me think we can continue that next year."

Edwards has also been won over by the backing of Lions fans.

"When they're on your side, you're buzzing," he added. "When you give the fans something to cheer, they will support us regardless of the situation.

"I'm saying 'us' and I haven't even signed on the dotted line yet! I just feel part of the club already."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

29 thoughts on “Loan star Edwards wants to sign permanently for Millwall

  • May 8, 2014 at 09:04
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    Love this!! Sign him up Ollie, strong and consistent player great asset to our club.

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  • May 8, 2014 at 09:11
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    Very strong performances since joining us, I guess we don't know how many games he can play at that level at his age.

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