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Holloway backs Millwall midfielder to succeed at Crawley

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IAN Holloway has admitted that Josh Wright's long-term future lies away from The Den but believes the midfielder will be a big success at Crawley.

Wright joined the Red Devils on a three-month loan deal earlier this week.

The 24-year-old is in the final year of his Millwall contract and has been told that he will not be offered an extension.

Holloway said: "Josh needs this. Sometimes you can be at one club too long and people don’t take to you, for whatever reason. That can get to you.

"But he’s a wonderful kid. The other day, I told the lads they could have a game of golf so 16 of them went to play.

"The more senior ones put some money in for the youngsters to buy their lunch and that was suggested by Wright.

"He ended up funding Jack Powell's dinner. That’'s a selfless person.

"Josh has made massive strides and I’m proud of the efforts he’s made. He'll do really, really at Crawley. He's come on leaps and bounds but sometimes you just need a change.

"Hopefully he can make a fresh start and this is the right time for him to do that. I'm trying to do the right thing for each of my players."

Wright may not be the last first-teamer to leave Millwall on loan, according to Holloway.

The Lions boss has already allowed John Marquis to join Cheltenham and is ready to farm out other fringe players so that they can get competitive games.

"Some of the kids are doing so well that if I can rent out some of the senior ones, I might do that," he said.

"If Jack Powell can come in out of nowhere and do as well as he’s done, who’s to say that Sid Nelson, Onyedinma or Aiden O’Brien can't do that?

"I have loaned out Marquis and I've got high hopes for him. He's been held back for too long and he's got to let go of that frustration.

"I love the way he plays sometimes so hopefully I can help him through a bit of a frustrating time.

"The last time he played in a training game, John missed a chance and felt quite down about it, so I had to get him playing and he's already scored.

"My job is to facilitate every player being part of a big club that acts like a big club. I want to have good players sat in the stands, not being used every week, but taking it the right way.

"We're all trying to achieve something together."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

4 thoughts on “Holloway backs Millwall midfielder to succeed at Crawley

  • September 12, 2014 at 10:48
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    Wright will be a success aty that level and I believe he can step up as well. I wish him well. also, agree that Marquis really improved this season, his performance against Southampton was very promising. Not surprised that Ollie is backing him to do well either.

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  • September 12, 2014 at 11:14
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    Well that's gratitude bloke buys you lunch and you take his place in the team!

    Good luck to you Josh, I think with regular game time you could still play at a high level. You look composed on the ball just need to add that killer through ball to really stand out.

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  • September 12, 2014 at 16:10
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    Who writes these articles? Half the time it's "fill in the missing words yourself"
    Journalism at its best

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  • September 12, 2014 at 16:13
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    On the plus side, it's another wage we haven't got to worry about.

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