Holloway rules out Millwall return for Gillingham loanee

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IAN Holloway says it has already been decided that John Marquis will be leaving Millwall in the summer.

Marquis, who is on loan at Gillingham, has scored five goals in his last seven appearances in League One, prompting calls from fans to bring the 22-year-old back to The Den.

But the striker's contract will not be renewed when it expires in the summer, according to Holloway.

Marquis' recent form is reported to have attracted admiring glances from Birmingham, Sheffield Wednesday, Preston and Sheffield United.

But Holloway, echoing the forward's recent comments to the Kent press, said: "We've had to make a decision and he didn't want to come back either – John felt his time was up here.

"The club should've loaned him out a couple of years ago to get him to this scenario."

In-form Fred Onyedinma, who has scored four goals since January for Wycombe, will also spend the remainder of the campaign out on loan.

But Holloway has big plans for the 18-year-old at Millwall.

"We're trying to produce players," added the Lions boss. "We're at such a high level that they need to go out on loan.

"Fred is good enough to play well in League Two and he's priming himself to play for us in the future.

"The last thing we needed was his replacement getting injured but [keeping him at Wycombe] is still the right thing to do.

"He's getting better and we'll have him back in the summer. We can't bring him back anyway because it was part of the Paris Cowan-Hall deal."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

33 thoughts on “Holloway rules out Millwall return for Gillingham loanee

  • February 20, 2015 at 11:35
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    Well send Cowan Hall back as under the sale of goods act he was not fit for purpose.

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    • February 20, 2015 at 11:47
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      @SE17 Lion: How? Marquis doesn't want to stay and we haven't exactly helped push marquis prior to IH coming in. IH gave him the extension last year and pushed for him to go out as much since. Ollie has done well with him, it is prior management that have failed him. So I completely disagree with you, your just unhappy with the way things are right now, once again looking at the short term. I wonder if you were banging on how good Ollie was in the summer and when we started the season so well? Get behind the team and manager, things are changing and we are improving!

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      • February 23, 2015 at 20:54
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        @whiteliont: Ollie has fooled us all ...the arguing in the dressing room earlier this season was playeres telling Ollie to keep things simple but Ollie got rid of the so called troublemakers they were made to look bad players when he is a p*** poor manager ...hes taking us down because his chopping and changing of the team has destroyed their confidence and hes doing it again with the new side players being shoe horned in and not playing to their potential...Ollie has to go for Millwalls sake

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  • February 20, 2015 at 11:38
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    Just shows the lack of focus on youth prior to IH, Marquis could be a good striker but we didn't focus enough on him and others. People who are bashing IH should look at the regimes previously. Jackett was brilliant for us and got so much from what was given to him but the only thing he failed to do was focus on our youth system. Lomas was a waste of 6-8 months and now IH is beginning to put things in place for our future. Roll on Saturday, 3 massive games coming up! 9 points coming to wall!!

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  • February 20, 2015 at 11:46
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    f****** terrible, we create a youth product waste money on wages for years and years. Finally when the player seems to grown into a half decent player we decide to let his contract expire and have unproven striker from conference lead the front while we have a young player on loan to league one scoring 5 out of 7

    s*** decision, f****** s***. Why look at all these players in the league below when one is here.

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  • February 20, 2015 at 11:48
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    I think Ollie is right John was a good honest pro, but in my opinion not enough quality for the Championship.

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    • February 20, 2015 at 12:57
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      getting all these old players we will find our self in the walking football league

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  • February 20, 2015 at 11:56
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    Youth players have been overlooked since Jackett came in but this is now being addressed. I believe we are moving in the right direction on this. However, Marquis has had quite a few chances to prove himself and he hasn't really done it. He is now doing the business in League 1 which is great but Gillingham create a lot of chances and he will score a few. Maybe we didn't handle him right but he wasn't good enough when he had his chances for us and he has now decided to move on. I think L1 is a good level for him and I'd be surprised if he ever establishes himself at Championship level.

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  • February 20, 2015 at 11:57
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    Wow get rid of a potentially good striker that is 22 and get in a potential wage theif in a 34 year old who probably has little or no pace, or he would be in Leicesters squad!! I cannot see the logic...might as well stick with Fuller.

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    • February 20, 2015 at 12:09
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      @vonhardshaft: If he was in Leicesters squad we wouldn't have a sniff, we have to get what we can. Be realistic. And you got it right there...potentially good player. Marquis has never got people excited in the way other young players like Nelson, Fred, or Powell have, he has been given plenty of opportunities to prove how good he is, and I think anyone who has seem him play enough times will agree that he is not championship level.

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  • February 20, 2015 at 12:30
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    I think this is abit of a brainless decision, Marquis has finally gained abit of form and is having a run of games and then we decide to let him go. Gregory isnt any better than him and we are signing dead wood strikers at the moment. If you thinking for the future then wouldn't it make sense to keep marquis for league one next year and let his run of form continue with us?
    One thing marquis has that no one else has for us up top is passion. The kid run himself into the floor every time he wore the shirt.

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  • February 20, 2015 at 12:31
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    If Marquis wants to move on so be it. Nothing Ollie can do about it.

    I never did rate him and it's bloody typical that he starts scoring goals now!

    I honestly wish him well as he did always try when he played so I can't knock him for that. However after all the time and investment the club as put into him we have got back a grand total of 5 goals and no sell on fee. Bad business, perhaps, but most on NAD (myself included) were not happy he got given a year extension at end of last season. As all we've done is loan him and play him in the Norwich massacre. What a waste of wages.

    We cannot make the same mistake with Fred and obrien. Who I fully expect to be given game time next season regardless of what division we find ourselves in. Plus they are better players.

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    • February 20, 2015 at 15:37
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      @MFC Lion: good post MFC agree with all of that. In regards to Obrien as well, from what I've seen of him, he does seem to be showing a lot of potential, maybe more than Marquis, and the fact that he hasn't loaned him out could be a big indicator that he is already close the standard required for the championship. Hopefully to be involved next season... Wouldn't mind seeing him brought in this season to be fair, but Fletcher's here for a reason so we'll see....

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  • February 20, 2015 at 12:51
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    Fred and JM will never be recalled as there young, Holloway only wants 30+ year olds!!

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  • February 20, 2015 at 13:09
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    I think with regards to O'Brien, he is being treated like he's some 17-18 yr I'll kid who should be protected when in all honesty he's 21, he wants to play and he should have been given a fair crack by now!!
    Next season he's in the Marquis bracket, 22, no championship experience and everyone slating him...
    Millwall's issue is giving youngsters a fair crack. A lot of "kids" sign on at other clubs knowing they will have better opportunities to break through rather than coming here..

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  • February 20, 2015 at 13:26
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    Marquis is s***! Plain n simple..jus coz he banged a few in recently people want him back?? R u all fu@kin serious? The kids 2bob n should of been fu@ked off ages ago

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  • February 20, 2015 at 13:55
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    Marquis is doing well at Gillingham,good luck to him.

    But please never ever get him back.He aint good enough,never will be.

    Should have been released years ago,scored v villa on a good night-thats it.Just not good enough for championship.

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  • February 20, 2015 at 14:01
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    A few weeks ago I was in the pub talking to a mate who is a Millwall fan; " Who is this John Marquis we have just got on loan from you"! I said? "One word; Sh*t!" he said. Guess he must be I thought as neither of our clubs were in a position to let a good striker go, things were desperate at both clubs.

    Anyway I have watched Marquis battle and make his mark on the game, and he managed to score late in the game and win it for us the first time I saw him play; that said I still didn't think he was that good; lots of endeavour and willing to fight for the team but lacking in first touch and skill. Since then I have seen him improve in every performance; with that has come confidence; he is a threat, he scores and assists; his link up play is good and we are scaring every defence we come up against.

    I know it didn't work out for him at the New Den and I think he is enjoying it so much at Priestfield that he might sign for us but to be honest other teams in the Championship are all over him at the minute and he will likely sign for another in your division. Our hope is that Marquis can help fire us into the play offs and get us promoted. If thats the case I can't wait to see him return to the Den in A Gills shirt next season. Good luck in your battle for survival in the Championship; see you next season. Invictus! (My Caravan Is Blue!)

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  • February 20, 2015 at 15:11
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    John Marquis may be on a run of form but IMO he lacks any of the attributes required to be a top striker consistently, he is neither quick or big; as much as is wrong at our club at the moment, losing John Marquis is not part of the malaise. Aiden O'Brien is a much better prospect but sounds like Olly O'Looney wants to turn him into a winger.

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  • February 20, 2015 at 15:12
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    You lot make me laugh, you all say that marquis is not a championship player & he's league 1 standard at best, well hello what th fk are we at the moment we're nothing better than league 1 standard so he'd fit right in with us at the moment, if we go down you watch him come back to make you doubters eat your words by scoring against us.

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  • February 20, 2015 at 15:45
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    I couldnt care less what he does.He aint good enough, he cant trap a bag of cement.

    Hes having a good time at the moment with a confident Gillingham side,dont mean hes league 1 standard-probably conference at best.

    As bad as we are-we are worse with him in the team-FACT

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    • February 20, 2015 at 16:05
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      @olliemfc: Grabban always had the talent, you could see that, and he was quick. He just needed to mature.

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      • February 20, 2015 at 17:30
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        @Adsy77777: if his doing it in league 1 at moment there's a possibility we could be there the next then he could be of some use I would personally put him before the hoff as I don't rate him but who knows if gets paid to get the decisions right

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    • February 21, 2015 at 08:44
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      @olliemfc: The main issue with Grabban was that as a Muslim, he became so weak when fasting, that ruled himself out of selection. Didn't cause a problem for Jimmy though.

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  • February 20, 2015 at 16:45
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    It really frustrates me reading some of the posts on here. John Marquis played 42 times for us and scored 5 goals, I appreciate that was over a number of years and he never played on a regular basis but he just wasn't good enough to be a championship striker and IMO has found his level.

    Just because he's gone out to a League 1 side and scoring a few goals everyone seems to think he's the future. Most of the fans I see on twitter or here were slagging him off every 5 minutes and didn't want him anywhere near the side!

    He's not coming back, get used to it and actually back the players we do have playing for us, it might help!

    Just a thought though, I might be wrong but isn't there a ruling that a player under a certain age (i think its 24) we would get some kind of fee regardless of the fact he's out of contract?

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  • February 21, 2015 at 10:34
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    The same people moaning Marquis is not coming back are the same people saying he has been s*** and should never of got a new contract last season. Now because he has scored a few for Gillingham he is the new Messi.

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