Millwall's out-of-contract players wait for news on futures

© Keith Gillard

© Keith Gillard

MILLWALL'S out-of-contract players could be told today whether they are being retained for next season.

Manager Ian Holloway has decided who will be offered new contracts - and who will be released at the end of next month.

Seven members of the first-team squad are due to become free agents, while a further three - Liam Trotter, Liam Feeney and Andy Keogh - have effectively already left.

The Lions have four loanees on their books, so Ryan Fredericks, Carlos Edwards, Owen Garvan and Steve Morison will also learn if they have a future at The Den.

Holloway would "like to keep what we finished the season with", suggesting attempts will be made to tie down the likes of Lee Martin, Stefan Maierhofer and David Forde.

Martin has a clause in his existing contract that could be triggered to keep him in south London for a further year.

Jermaine Easter, whose deal was coming to an end, has already put pen-to-paper on a 12-month extension.

Shane Lowry, Fede Bessone, Simeon Jackson and Jack Smith are also waiting to hear about their futures.

"We'll keep people or let them go depending on what's needed," Holloway said.

"We'll tie up some loose ends and then go about adding some players that I think will help us score more goals and concede less goals in the Championship.

"I won't be talking about individual players just yet - they will be spoken to first, rightly so, and then we'll move on.

"There are a lot of people who won't be here who I will be thanking for how they accepted my decisions.

"They are good players who deserve new contracts elsewhere and if anybody wants to ring me, I'll try to help them get moves.

"But Millwall's needs are all I care about, not individuals. The players will know first in the next few days and then on we go.

"In a way, I'd like to keep what we finished with and then try to add to that."

Millwall could also make players available for transfer when they publish their retained list.

17 first-teamers are under contract for the 2014-15 season but those who do not feature in Holloway's plans will be moved on.

"Clarity and knowing where you stand is really important," the Lions boss added.

"Some lads, for whatever reason, are here when they might not want to be here and they aren't going to be used, so we've got to try to move them out.

"Some of those will be under contract and others won't - how sympathetically we do that and the availability for those players at other clubs has to be looked at.

"It can be a big, big issue when you try and change things but the players should be told first and that's what I've always done.

"When they know, everybody else can know and that's the right way round - it's really important to do your business correctly."

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  1. Peckhamlad says:

    Holloway is correct in letting the players know their futures first, and that is how things should be done rather than by leaks to the press or sending them text messages. It's pointless to speculate but obviously he would like to keep the squad that kept Millwall up, and build on that. He said he would like to bring in players that will add to scoring goals and conceding less, in other words forwards and defensive players. We might know more tomorrow.

    It's great to have a forward thinking manager.

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    • Jim28 says:

      @Peckhamlad: i agree you have to keep a strong base(which we had for 8 games).you got that sorted .you can look at the mid & strikers..alot of fans will be impatient to seet who comes & goes..1 player you can say bye bye to is spurs kid

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  2. Longfield Lion says:

    Best bit of above is "Adding players that I think will score more goals"
    Sort them out Ollie.

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  3. dpendet says:

    Fede Bessone has to be given a contract that would make him MFCs highest ever paid player!!!!!!!!!!!!
    And Justin Hoyte has to be given a contract that will see him finish his career at the den!!!!!

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  4. BUSHWACKER14 says:

    That very good info about the future season, Ollie did promise changes, when he arrived! Those changes are about to be brought in ( even if it's sad that some older players who have done Millwall proud over the years, will have to move - on ). Millwall have to be first , Loyalty and Romance ?

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  5. Jingles says:

    I have full confidence in Ollie , he has always said it as it is , it is only right to let the players know first who comes & who goes, its only papers & rumours that fuel speculation. One nice thing Ollie said was " it was Millwalls needs that he cares about & not Individuals" speaks volumes

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  6. HenryBaird_ says:

    Have we received any sort of fee for Trotter? I thought there was some sort of deal done about that when we loaned him to Bolton?
    The wage bill is already going down with the likes of Keogh & Feeney (both of which I didn't rate) leaving, which is good, with more to leave also. This will leave Ollie with some cash in hand to get us the goals we so desperately need - we haven't had a prolific goal scorer in quite some time!
    Will be interesting to see who goes.
    COYL MIIIIIIII.

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  7. wonky thicklips says:

    Ollie please don't sign Maierhofer. He was a great help but not the standard we need long-term.

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    • glyngo says:

      @wonky thicklips: I would either keep the Hof or find another target man of similar stature. Having that ability to hold the ball up front and physical presence to scare oppositon defences is a large part of the successful run we had.

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    • junkmale says:

      @wonky thicklips: The Hof looks a good player Tall, strong, mobile and a good touch. The only problem is he didn't score enough goals. On the other hand, are we really going to get a better player to fit into Millwall's wage range?

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      • grassgrower says:

        @junkmale: when Hoffa came in he,d been eating pies, skulling beer and on the play station 24/7 , now he,s in the routine and with a pre season under the belt may become a goal addict. Even if he's not a huge goal scorer, he,l still be a headache for opp defenders. I think he,s worth a chance.

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  8. timchimes says:

    surprised it is so soon- suggests that the core who played at the back end will be retained and the more obvious players moved on, and additions made a over time

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  9. timchimes says:

    although ...... '"There are a lot of people who won't be here'

    A lot - how many is that? perhaps the big earners might go and IH thinks he can get better for less - he most probabaly can

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  10. glyngo says:

    On anothetr note, the 8 game unbeaten run was tremendous, but it should not blind us to the fact that those same players underperformed for most of the season. With a few exceptions (Dunne/Edwards/Garvan/Martin), the squad should be judged on the entire season and not the end.

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    • timchimes says:

      @glyngo: Dunne , really - wake up to him - his performance against Charlton at home was too bad to be believed - subbed half time - (get a video of it) after that we lost to a s*** leeds team and at home to Brum - Edwards comes in and we don't lose. He may have been okay as centre back for a short adrenaline fueled period, but week in week out he is not a championship player - he doesn't underperform as such, he is just not very good - well done to him for provoking a response in the squad, but take those comments from IH with a pinch of salt - he was looking to rally the team and used any story he could; he knows what Dunne is capable of, that is why he got Fredricks and then Edwards in.

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    • junkmale says:

      @glyngo: If you were going to judge Dunne on the whole season you would have to say he was one of the worst players. Still don't think he's good enough at right back but clearly he has enough to play centre half.

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      • glyngo says:

        @junkmale: That's why I htnk he has to be judged on a shorter period, he was not in his best position for his age an ability (RB) and seems to offre a lot as a CB. I take the point about consistency of performances though, will be interesting to see if he can maintain performance levels in that position for more than 8 games.

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  11. Millwall_Jim says:

    I think we should keep Hoffmeister, When he joined he was clearly unfit, A fit hoff will frighten the life out of defences next season, Dunne,Edwards,Garvan,Martin add to that bugsy & half the team is sorted, Throw a few new signings into the mix & we should be sorted for next season.

    The only regret I have about not getting relegated is that we miss out on a trip to the M.K Dons Moocamp stadium. haha

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  12. CBLCharlie says:

    Get Edwards signed up. He's impressed, and wants to play down here. We might get a few Years out of him.

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  13. denslions says:

    "Millwall could also make players available for transfer when they publish their retained list" is an interesting comment because I see players like Hoyte, Chaplow and possibly McDonald being on that list. It would ne nice if we could offload them as well because that would free up even more wages.

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  14. beedoscores says:

    I don't think Garvan is good enough, I can run faster than him and I'm 55. Edwards however is a different matter and I hope gets a contract. Not sure about Chaplow as he's been injured so much

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    • Sealion says:

      @beedoscores: I like Chaplow but he is too much of a liability injury wise. He was injured in his 1st spell with us and has spent most of the season injured I don't think he is worth the risk, it's dead wages. We need someone we can rely on. I think Martin may also fall into that category but we will have to see how that one goes as we are desperately short of wingers.

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  15. Block 8 says:

    Let's replace the Hof with Peter Crouch. If we have a half decent clear out I reckon we could afford him.

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  16. I wanna know peoples team for next season, obviously including new additions. GO!

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  17. harry cook says:

    I hope Jackson and Lowry get new contracts they are the future of us

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    • Sealion says:

      @harry cook: With Jacksons wages we could sign 3 lower league young hotshots and still have money left over. We can't afford the champagne Charlies who are living on past deeds. 17 grand a week and can't hit a target 8yds wide, he should be able to do that with his eyes closed.

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  18. bordersarebest0170 says:

    @ BEEDOSCORES : you should not let the fact that garvan is not quick colour your judgment on wheather he's good enough. You say you are quicker than garvan, so you are probably quicker than sheringham was as well , does that mean he wasn't good enough. Garvan looks a decent player to me, but I guess he will move on.

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  19. bordersarebest0170 says:

    I hope Ollie gets rid of LOWRY, don't rate him.

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    • denslions says:

      @bordersarebest0170: As he hasn't even been on the bench during our unbeaten run I think he is on the way out. Beevers has played well recently and doesn't get booked or sent off as many times either.

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    • Sealion says:

      @bordersarebest0170: Sounds like Lowry has a bit of bad attitude thus the removal from the team and bench, always seems to be a liability and is not as good as he thinks he is.
      Best got shot of.

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      • millwallmorley says:

        @Sealion: I think thats unfair on lowry. I was lucky enough to end up next to him on saturday and he had nothing but good things to say about Ollie and teammates. he also went apesh1t jumping about when we scored

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  20. MFC Lion says:

    If marquis can get a contract then they all have reason to be hopeful.

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    • MillwallGra says:

      @MFC Lion
      Ollie said
      "Some of those will be under contract and others won't - how sympathetically we do that and the availability for those players at other clubs has to be looked at.

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    • @MFC Lion: A NOTHER NEGATIVE COMMENT ON JOHN MARQUISE AND ALLEN DUNNE BOTH THESE GUYS ARE MILLWALL THROUGH AND THROUGH , DUNNY PLAYED OUT OF HIS SKIN THE LAST 8 GAMES AND I H MAKING HIM CAPTAIN WAS A MASTER STROKE HE GAVE IT TO THE CHANGING ROOM LIKE THR C B LANE END AND MANNY PEOPLE ON THIS WEB SITE ABOUT UNDERPERFOMING AND SET A FINE EXAMPLE .
      JOHN MAQUISE CERTAINLLY PUTS IT ABOUT AND IS A BIG FRONTMAN A GOAL POACHER OFTEN IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME AND LOOK AT THE GOALS HE HAS SCORED AWAY FROM THE DEN ADMITEDLLY IN A LOWER DIVISION AND HAS GAINED CONFEDANCE IN HIMSELF NOT LIKE THESE COMMENTS ON HIM THAT WOULD DESTROY ALL THAT HAS BEEN GAINED . WE NEED GUINIUNE PLAYERS AT THE DEN AS FEQUENTLY MENTIONED WE DONT NEED ANOTHER SEASON LIKE THIS

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  21. Syd the Lion says:

    Players I hope we sign / extend contracts:
    Carlos Edwards - was very sceptical when he came to us but think he's been brilliant.
    David Forde - I think other clubs will want him and be prepared to offer him more money. Hopefully his feelings for the club and us offering him some sort of role once his career is over would sway him.
    Alan Dunne - This bloke just keeps answering his critics. Even if he plays a bit part role he'll always give 110%.
    Shane Lowry - Not sure what's going on with him or if he's fallen out with Ollie. He does like a red card, but think he's still got huge potential.
    Lee Martin - Really shown what he's capable of last 8 games.
    Simeon Jackson - Hasn't performed anywhere near the level we expected, but reckon he's got potential.

    Players that can go:
    Robbo - Breaks my heart to say that, but time he moves on.
    Morison - nothing like the player he once was.
    Chaplow - Forgotten what he looks like!
    Hoyte - Haven't even seen him play yet!
    Bessone - Who!
    Owen Garvan - Done alright but think there'll be better payers available in his position during the summer.
    HOF - Undecided with him. Could turn out to be a donkey next season.
    All the other deadwood we've been carrying over the last couple of seasons.

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  22. DiggerWall says:

    WE KNOW THE WAGE THIEFS ARE OUT EM !

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  23. junkmale says:

    Listening to Ollie on Lions Live it sounds like we are unlikely to sign the Hof as Ollie says he has 'delusions' that he is a Premier League player.

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    • glyngo says:

      @junkmale: Yep, if that's his opinion good ridance. Hopefully he wills ee sense, he definitely ain't Prem standard.

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    • grassgrower says:

      @junkmale: that's not good , he's added sum spark and put sum doubt in. The opposition but it's about team first. Hopefully he can have a quiet think bout things and like Carlos said, love playing with this group and some exciting things ahead!

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  24. Jim28 says:

    The thing with hof & olly is they are both gobby f******..personally not got a problem with either of them.. But wot olly said about hof..i wouldn't read to much into his decision to give him a contract...holloway does these things on football matters

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    • grassgrower says:

      @Jim28: yeh olli has a strange way about him sometimes. But I like the bloke, he,s got a certain frankness and passionate nature. It's interesting the way he goes about matters but good on him.

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  25. Big Millwall says:

    the dead wood must go

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  26. cadian127th says:

    Feeney, Keogh, Smith and Lowry will all leave the club according to the MFC twitter feed

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