Millwall and Colchester discussing loan deal for Briggs

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MATTHEW Briggs is a loan target for Colchester United, NewsAtDen understands.

Briggs was ommitted from Millwall's squad for their game against Ipswich Town on Saturday and he has now been the subject of an approach from the League One side.

The left back's most recent league appearance for the Lions was in the 6-1 loss at Norwich and he looks set to play second fiddle to Dan Harding for the rest of the season.

The 23-year-old signed a one-year deal at The Den last summer so a six-month loan move would take him to the end of his contract in SE16.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

58 thoughts on “Millwall and Colchester discussing loan deal for Briggs

  • January 20, 2015 at 17:01
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    Good. Let him go on loan with a view to a permanent move. Been awful for us.

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  • January 20, 2015 at 17:03
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    What a good signing he has been ?

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    • January 20, 2015 at 22:14
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      @Longfield Lion: Williams and Edwards - the only players out of the twenty-odd players brought in by Holloway so far that have looked the business. Yet it's still all Lomas's fault.

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      • January 21, 2015 at 09:56
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        @Micky Lions: I believe that Webster is the only other Holloway signing that wasn't a loan or a one year deal and the jury is still out on him. Gueye was a good one. Carlos Edwardes was a good one. The ones that haven't worked have been one year deals like Briggs and Fuller where you take a punt and see what happens. Nothing wrong with that. IN terms of permanent signings on longer deals he has got it right so far.

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        • January 21, 2015 at 11:28
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          @junkmale: I'd say the jury is also still out on Gregory and you forgot Upson, who's not lived up to expectations. But not including the latest batch, Holloway has still made over twenty signings with very few being up to standard - including Garvan, Bessone, Jackson, Campbell, Fredericks, Wilkinson, Martinez, Ranegie, Briggs and Maierhofer. Not to mention the madness of giving Marquis and Easter new signings.

          I don't know how much all these signings cost the club, but it hasn't improved the squad or performances on the pitch. For me it cheapens representing Millwall and just shows how poor Holloways judgement has become.

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  • January 20, 2015 at 17:06
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    We took a 12 month punt on a lad that had showed promise earlier in his career. Gave him another chance and he hasn't or couldn't take it. Bye.

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    • January 21, 2015 at 10:05
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      @Mr Den: Couldn't of put it better myself! Bottled it maybe? Tada Briggs

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  • January 20, 2015 at 17:13
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    he goes, harding gets injured.....then who? dunne at left back? yeh right

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  • January 20, 2015 at 17:16
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    Showed promise in his first few games but I've come to the conclusion he's probably the worst full back I've seen in a Millwall shirt for a long time (perhaps even since I've been going).

    Let him go, mainly just to free up whatever wages we can, the quicker we trim the squad the quicker we could get more new faces in.

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  • January 20, 2015 at 17:29
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    We will need a new left back though because Harding is only on loan and Briggs obviously won't be offered a new contract.

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  • January 20, 2015 at 17:35
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    Neither of them are very good - IMO neither of them as good as Malone - even this season let alone last - but that is another story.
    BUT Briggs is better than Harding - by a country mile.
    So IMO we have been happy to settle for 3rd choice - from an ability point of view - maybe wages just drive the decision making

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    • January 20, 2015 at 19:56
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      @crow191049: Harding with a grand total of one appearance for us. Hardly enough to decide whether he's a decent LB.

      Like saying Fabrinni is amazing and should be signed because he looked decent for 60 mins. Too early to say.

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  • January 20, 2015 at 17:40
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    Let go on loan with a clause letting us recall him if Harding gets injured.

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    • January 20, 2015 at 17:57
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      @block 28: thats makes sense...briggs was never given the kind of run in the side that malone abused.
      He like others have had very few chances to show what they can do...gueye o'brien ..plus when other midfield players are fit .powel will be the next to lose his place

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      • January 21, 2015 at 09:18
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        @Jim28: I don't think Briggs has been given a real chance, everytime I've seen him play he has been terribly exposed playing the left side on his own with no cover from left mid. When I met him, he seemed a shy type probably needs an arm around him and needs someone to build confidence in him. If he is in ollies plan for next year, he may sign a new contract, go on loan, build that confidence and come back better.

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  • January 20, 2015 at 17:45
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    who is going to play at left back against forest ,next week , harding cant , oh god not three at the back again , ollie

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  • January 20, 2015 at 17:50
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    suppose he could play woolford at left back for forest game with another winger in front of him

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    • January 21, 2015 at 09:34
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      Don't rate woolford at all, like 90% of players this season shown very little. U start defending from the front only LG has really shown any of that.

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  • January 20, 2015 at 17:52
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    I don't think he looked too bad in the first Bradford match, but he was total pants in the replay. Good business only signing him for a one year deal. We definitely need to get another left back as cover for Harding in if he is going.

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  • January 20, 2015 at 17:58
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    If we're giving Colchester Briggs on loan for the remainder of his time with us, can we get their Keeper and old Millwall youth product Sam Walker in exchange please Olly?

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  • January 20, 2015 at 18:09
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    Briggs hasn't been given a good run in the team considering the fuss made prior to and finally signing him. I haven't thought much of him when I have seen him so thanks but no thanks. I've lost faith in IH tbh and this is one of his signings not one he inherited. Is the shape of his future signings or should I get my hopes up for the umpteenth time this year that we are about to turn the corner?

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  • January 20, 2015 at 18:18
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    One of holloways signings and he's f****** him off after 6 months . The geezer is clueless , shouldn't be trusted to sign new players

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    • January 21, 2015 at 08:43
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      @lioncub: A mate was telling me, when he was at palace, he signed a full back for decent money in pre-season then didn't name him in the squad submitted to the league!

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      • January 21, 2015 at 09:38
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        but in all fareness tell me a manager that doesn't make mistakes signing players. Even ferguson . Why should holloway be any different.

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  • January 20, 2015 at 18:42
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    Holloway brings him in,
    Holloway ships him out!!
    Priceless.

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  • January 20, 2015 at 18:44
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    Holloway if you remember, did say at the time he brought briggs here, why the fella had not gone on form being a youth international and wondered why he was being given a free transfer, I also remember Ollie saying " I will take him and see what I can do with him". So he knew there was something not right about him, but was worth taking a punt with. Fair enough, some come off,some don't . Personally ,much too weak in the challenge for me, not very good.

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  • January 20, 2015 at 18:52
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    Ok Briggs hasn't been great (who has this year!!) but that would leave us with 1 left back in the entire squad.... And he's only on loan!!

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      • January 20, 2015 at 20:13
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        @Jim28: urghh I didnt even think of that! Puts us in a bad position...

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    • January 20, 2015 at 19:11
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      @TheBermondseyBomber: yep, seems like a bit of a backwards step to me - as I thought we were looking to have a bit of depth to the squad....??
      BUT, it's possible we've already got someone else lined up...
      Plus, maybe Briggs is a trouble maker...? It was known that something wasn't quite spot on about his attitude, maybe he's living up to his name....
      WANT TO HEAR MORE ABOUT OLLIES IRONS IN THE FIRE!?!?!?

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  • January 20, 2015 at 19:09
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    Talk about can't do right for wrong, I'm getting fed up with negative people on here just moaning for the sake of moaning, the kid had a chance and wasn't up to it, rather go 3 at the back than have him at left back.

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    • January 20, 2015 at 19:35
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      @nocalves: Initially Briggs looked like he was going to be a great signing, no wonder Ollie wanted him. No one on this site can say for sure, but it always seemed to be that his confidence was paper thin, and having taken part in some bad thrashings must have affected him. I still think he has potential, but if he can't hack it at the Den best for him and the club to move him on.

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    • January 21, 2015 at 09:41
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      I'm with you, think we are all to quick to want to get rid of ih, who else wants the job. Very few.

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  • January 20, 2015 at 19:12
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    Love reading some of the posts on here. Whatever IH does he's dammed, he took a chance on a full back that has not lived up to his potential, and it's not worked out. There's been better managers that have done the same and there will be again. What have we been calling for over the last few years, "get rid of the deadwood" he's doing it and yet he's still wrong. I've seen Harding play against us a number of times and he's always looked better than what we've had, and don't forget even though he's only on loan he's playing for a contract. Let him go, free up his wages and invest in better than what we've got and move on. Remember he's isn't going to be the last player to leave this month.
    KEEP ROARING

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    • January 20, 2015 at 19:37
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      @uncle albert:
      Good post Albert.
      I'll KEEP ROARING with you. We have waited ages for this clearout to start so I'm enjoying it and looking forward to some more new faces.

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    • January 21, 2015 at 09:44
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      How about letting him learn from Harding,

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    • January 21, 2015 at 11:40
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      @uncle albert: I am not moaning that Briggs is going. Far from it. He is deadwood and ive been calling for a clear out for a while. What concerns me is that people defend IH saying he has inherited a bad bunch of players so give him time and let him bring players in. Briggs was one of his signings. I cannot bring myself to be excited about any of IH rubbish he spouts anymore as it's been happening all season with 2 wins in our last 20 or so games. I don't believe this is a new start or beginning. I did believe after the Cardiff match, then again after the Brighton match but I guess it wasn't to be and I can't see why it'll suddenly turnararound. I will however be at the Reading game roaring them on as always. Just because I've had enough of IH doesn't mean I won't support my team. COYL!

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  • January 20, 2015 at 19:14
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    NOCALVES : got it in one mate, can't wait to have a pop, then in the next breath tell us what wonderful supporters they are, mmmmmmmmmm

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  • January 20, 2015 at 19:51
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    Don't care as long as dunne never plays for us again

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  • January 20, 2015 at 20:23
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    Dunne can still do a job for us. He help save us last year he, s Millwall family. Agree he is to short and slow to be a permanent CB. He does not hide unlike some. With a good pair at CB, Dunne not bad as a full back. Picking on Dunne or Forde is nuts. I wonder how many fans on here have actually played adult football. I been a Keeper and to have the ball coming back at you nearly 90 percent of the time takes it out of you, even playing for fun on a Sunday morning league football . Forde has been under siege most of this season, he hasn't known who his back 4 is going to be from match to match, how is he going to command his area ,communicating with the same 2 players every week make a lot of difference. Let back our players who are Millwall and have a go at the opposition. I also was calling for Holloway head, I want to eat humble pie and see him do well here, and after Saturday I ready to give him my support again , we had a team which fought and could hold their heads up. That all I ask for, a fighting team with spirit .

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  • January 20, 2015 at 21:14
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    Why do some people's names here think we will sign fabbrini arfter his loan spell ,he's still on a 2 year contract at Watford ?

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  • January 20, 2015 at 21:16
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    All you slagging IH off for the signing of Briggs need to step back and think he only gave him a year deal it was a tactical signing really wasn't it .... He had a lot of hype of his potential rather do what most would he have him a short contract firsts to see if the hype was true .... It wasn't so he is gone I think this move mad a lot of SENCE if he was amazing he would of got an extension if he was he gets his hook slung

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    • January 21, 2015 at 08:22
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      @cmj23: Not slagging Holloway for this signing, he was worth a look. But whatever way you dress it up it still goes down as a bad signing.

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      • January 21, 2015 at 10:25
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        @lion.ie: I agree he didn't exsactly pay his own wage with results but it annoys me when you get some people on here talking absolute rubbish and they probably could even manage Real Madrid on football manager haha

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  • January 20, 2015 at 22:02
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    briggs not set the world alight has he. Think this going to be the end for him at the Den,'if he was in ollies thought we would not have got Hatding, writing is on the wall for Briggs

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  • January 21, 2015 at 08:11
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    I would like to see him go for a 1-2 month loan deal, get him playing week in week out. If his form improves and he shows glimpses of real quality then bring him back for the end of the season and if he still continues to look good then give him a new contract. If he doesnt play and doesnt look like he will progress then let him go. I think this is a player that could still have a good future he just needs game time

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  • January 21, 2015 at 08:54
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    I hope harding is better than he looked last saturday

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    • January 21, 2015 at 09:12
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      @thecolumbusblock: That's the worrying thing, he's our only natural LB and his first couple of performances have been 'ordinary' and he could be accused of getting out fought. Need to see more from him really.

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      • January 21, 2015 at 10:15
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        @glyngo: He's only played one game, with players he trained with for a couple of days. THe defence as a whole was all over the shop on Saturday and he hasn't played first XI football for a bit. Give the bloke a chance, Glyngo.

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  • January 21, 2015 at 10:36
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    Two things spring to mind taht have happened ove rthe last few days.
    One-Briggs must be one of the 'troublemakers' if he's being outed so quickly after signing. We'll soon see who the others are.
    Two- It's worth noting that the players for whom we have paid contracts up for or who have gone/soon to be gone have all signed for teams lower than the Championship ie: League one. Bywater, Jack Smith, Wright etc. The market dictates that- Which is proof surely, that what we've got left at Millwall that we would all like to see go out of the door, are not Championship quality at all.

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  • January 21, 2015 at 11:37
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    Where are the rest of the new signings....????

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