Millwall boss optimistic striker Marquis will sign a new deal

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NEIL Harris is optimistic out-of-contract striker John Marquis will sign a new deal with the club.

Gillingham boss Justin Edinburgh had declared his interest in securing the permanent services of the 22-year-old, who spent the second half of last season on loan at the Kent club.

Marquis scored ten goals in 21 appearances during a successful loan spell.

And Harris has said the offer to Marquis is there and conclusions to contract talks can take their time.

“John’s been offered a contract and it's ongoing,” Harris said. “It’s the same situation with Jimmy Abdou.

“The offers have only just been made and what tends to happen is; the offers get made, then the advisor goes back and talks to the player.

“Then the player wants to talk to his family so it tends to take a week or two to pan out but we’re certainly hopeful both players want to commit to the club.”

Jay Taylor


26 thoughts on “Millwall boss optimistic striker Marquis will sign a new deal

  • May 12, 2015 at 09:23

    I can't see Jimmy will have that many choices, but Marquis has, and after the treatment he had at Millwall, wouldn't be surprised to see him go. I was never a fan, but he must have something that Gillingham and Bomber like.

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    • May 12, 2015 at 09:49

      @beedoscores: I think it's the fact that john will score goals in div 1,as he has proved with the Gils but gregs will also do well in div I,so will john want to sit on the bench again baring in mind of the recent gregs and obrien partnership.

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      • May 12, 2015 at 13:35

        @DANGEROUS: If you have to choose between Gregory and Marquis then you have to pick Marquis. Gregory has proven that he is not Championship quality and we must remember that he is not young. He will be 27 at the start of next season and Marquis will be 23 and at least has the potential to improve. We need to build a team that can compete in the Championship . We know that Gregory is not up to it and may be no better in League 1 . We at least know that JM scores in League 1 and may develop into a Championship striker.

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        • May 12, 2015 at 15:32

          @Kinet: why all this talk about the championship? What we actually need is a team able to compete in league 1!

          Greg managed 9 goals in his first season not playing in non league for a team with no goals in it. Not actually that bad considering and he was starting to look much sharper for the spell under bomber no doubt helped by having a strike partner! Also he spent months sat on the bench as part of Ollies inspired tactics.

          Expecting 15-20 next season from minimum.

          Marquis is not better and I can only imagine he's being considered as a backup striker to cover injury. Personally would have that philpot as cover for Greg or obrien, 1 touch 1 goal, doubt even messi managed that!

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          • May 12, 2015 at 20:41

            @MFC Lion: yes and out of Gregory and Marquis only one has proved himself at League 1 level . Gregory played over 41 games last year starting more than 30 he got 6 goals from open play !!! 3 penalties with 75% success rate . What strikes me is all the absolute sitters he missed , poor control when in great position and the missed one on ones. All strikers miss opportunities and he will improve but he is no spring chicken . If you had to buy one surely a 22 year old who has scored 1 in 2 games in League 1 rather than a striker who will be 27 next season and has a better than 1 in 2 in NON LEAGUE football

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        • May 12, 2015 at 15:57

          @Kinet: r u buzzin mate..marquis over gregory!! Whatever ur smoking i need some..marquis has been on loan a million times & hardly ever scored a goal!! All of a sudden he scores a few for Gillingham & every1 wants him back! He's s@it & i dont want him back he dont have the ass@ole to play for millwall

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          • May 13, 2015 at 11:05

            @LionforLife: Don't get me wrong I don't think Marquis is going to be a world beater but at 22 he has more chance than a 27 year old Gregory. Marquis has got 23 goals in 65 games on loan as real youngster which ain't bad and maybe he just needed to mature physically like Harry Kane to come into his own. There will no doubt be some improvement in Gregory but there could be a lot in Marquis and I would hate to see another Grabban a multi million striker who we let go because he was not good enough when he was younger.

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  • May 12, 2015 at 09:24

    I hope he signs, strength in dept is what we need to challenge in this league, we can have that up front without having to break the bank to do it, it's up to him now !!! COYL's

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