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."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

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

  • May 8, 2014 at 10:56
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    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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    • May 8, 2014 at 11:22
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      @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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  • May 8, 2014 at 11:16
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    Best bit of above is "Adding players that I think will score more goals"
    Sort them out Ollie.

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