Millwall boss: We aim to build future around youngsters

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NEIL Harris says the club is aiming to build its future around young players such as Aiden O’Brien and Fred Onyedinma.

O’Brien, 21, formed a fruitful partnership with Lee Gregory towards the end of last season while Onyedinma has excelled on loan at Wycombe Wanderers.

Harris will be at Wembley this weekend to watch 18-year-old Onyedinma as he aims to fire Wanderers into Sky Bet League One at the expense of Southend United.

He has scored eight goals in 18 starts for Gareth Ainsworth's side.

“I’m going Saturday to see young Fred,” Harris said. “Hopefully he gets on if he’s not starting. It would be great for him.

“We are looking to keep them at the club long term. Certainly, they’ve got a big part to play here next year.”

John Marquis, 23, who has been the subject of interest from Gillingham this week, is another that Harris wants to sign a new deal.

The Millwall manager isn’t surprised that other clubs are showing interest but feels the younger members of the squad would be best served by continuing their development with the Lions.

“The reality is when you’ve got good young players people are interested.

“We’re building a team and a squad to compete for our future and our young players are a big part of that. We want them to develop with us and get the club back where it wants to be.”

John Kelly

(@jkelly1882)

32 thoughts on “Millwall boss: We aim to build future around youngsters

  • May 22, 2015 at 10:58
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    Hopefully Fred has an average game doesn't get injured and doesn't get to much attention from other clubs .

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    • May 22, 2015 at 11:55
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      I hope Fred has a fantastic game, because unlike John Marquis, he is under contract to us.

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      • May 23, 2015 at 21:40
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        Unfortunately contracts in the modern game stand for very little the agents have more influence than the clubs sometimes if Fred is that good I am pretty sure we will find it hard to keep him so I hope he has a quiet game and saves all the good stuff for next season playing for us @Petie59:

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    • May 22, 2015 at 13:01
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      I'm with you.
      Fred only has one year left on his contract which is f all.
      Wouldn't take much of an offer to turn his head. I have been saying it all season regarding Fred.
      We should of signed him up longer earlier in the season.
      Fred is our biggest talent in my opinion. The best of a very good bunch.

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      • May 23, 2015 at 12:18
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        @wall2wall: Really? he turned down Arsenal apparently, on his parents say so... think he's got his head screwed on - he won't be going anywhere anytime soon!

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  • May 22, 2015 at 11:28
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    Wonder how Harris will feel if fred scores the winner against Southend lol

    who do you think he will be cheering ?

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  • May 22, 2015 at 13:17
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    Nearly every day there is a plug on here regarding Fred and Aidan it is really boring in fact so boring it makes me sleepy. Aidan has scored one goal in the championship or is it two and Fred a few goals in division 2 hardly setting the world on fire is it. The way it goes on here is the youngsters are going to get us promoted straight away - yeah all right. All I am asking is to calm it down and bit and stop playing the same record it really is tedious. Yep Bomber is going to Wembley to cast an eye on Fred yep and the other one on his true love Southend Utd. Know he is a legend but heart with Southend.
    In fact if he could he would be wearing a shrimpers scarf still might get us Bentley, Prosser and Corr.
    Lots of likes please. thanks

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    • May 22, 2015 at 15:20
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      @Mekongriver: The reason why they have these non-stories on this website every day is to get us to click on the page so the advertisers have to pay a fee to them.

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    • May 23, 2015 at 07:33
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      @Mekongriver:
      Bomber was a Liverpool fan before he came to Millwall. Although from the area he's never claimed to be a Southend fan. Pretty sure his heart is 100% at Millwall these days.

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      • May 25, 2015 at 08:52
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        @MaidstoneMFC: Bomber was a Rayliegh Boys fan first. Thats where he started his career. Pretty sure he still follows there progress.

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  • May 22, 2015 at 14:47
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    Fred has a great future as long as he keeps his feet on the ground and others don't spoil him . I hope no greedy agent starts to take interest. They are a menace. Good luck to him tomorrow it will be a good experience.

    I see Stevenage are considering another Millwall legend, Teddy Sheringham as their first team coach. I wuold have liked to have seen Teddy back at the club that made him..Millwall in some capacity.

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    • May 22, 2015 at 19:58
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      I idolised Teddy as a kid....but unfortunately he severed all ties with us when he declared himself to be a lifelong hammers fan...an he never even mentions us anymore....the p r i c k.

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      • May 22, 2015 at 22:10
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        @Hurlocksgonnagetya: Still some great memories, though. His hat-trick in the 4-1 away victory against Bristol City in the season he scored 39 goals for us. Salad days...

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        • May 23, 2015 at 01:16
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          @junkmale: That hat-trick, what a day, one down at half-time if I recall correctly, Bristol City fans giving Teddy stick during the half-time break, Tommo goal and Teddy destroyed them second half. He also hit the bar after chipping the 'keeper from about SIX yards as well. One of my favourite of many away days. Don't care who he supported as a boy or who he supports now, Millwall legend.

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        • May 23, 2015 at 18:31
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          @lion.ie:
          Brentford.....wots ur point muppet....? Hurlock is an absolute legend, still comes to matches now and is still Millwall through and through...hes certainl. never gushed about supporting the scum....teddy, although a wonderful player at millwall has never really come back and never mentions us in interviews....so why the f u c k do i neef to remove Hurlocks name from my sign-in name....p r a t.

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          • May 23, 2015 at 19:14
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            @Hurlocksgonnagetya: He was a youth player at West Ham, by your logic we should only sign players that supported Millwall as a boy, that's my point. Muppet and prat, really? If you could see past your pettiness and actually do some research you'd find that Teddy has plenty of good things to say about Millwall, including '“But I always go back to Millwall when I look at what I achieved,” he said. “It was such a great education for me. For me, the fans were never a problem."
            He owes us nothing.

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  • May 23, 2015 at 11:09
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    I want fred to score a screamer to get Wycombe into league 1, then to score the goal that sends them down next year

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    • May 23, 2015 at 22:53
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      @lionking: nothing wrong with the optimism on this site, but i really cant share it, we are going to be left with a few of the hopeless relegated squad plus a handful of unproven kids , i wish i could see beyond that fact but im struggling , i'll be delighted if im wrong

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  • May 24, 2015 at 08:39
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    Well super Fred never played for Wycombe and they lost. Bentley and Corr outstanding for Southend.- won't get them now.
    We have a rookie manager who has not managed a league team before. a couple of wins at the end of the season and he is the chosen messiah. We have no money it has all been wasted. We have no team oh yes our rookie youngsters are going to set the league alight not a dozen games between them. Yep all looks rosy for Div 1 next year Wall will be mid table at the very least and could well be struggling in the relegation mix up. Bookies make us favourites do one please.
    YEP THANKS MILLWALL MANAGEMENT LEADERS FOR YOUR CRAP MANAGERIAL DECISIONS A WASTE OF ALL WALL MONEY GETTING PLAYERS WHO HARDLY EVER PLAYED ON EXPENSIVE CONTRACTS HOYTE AND MARTINEZ JUST TWO TO NAME. LOAN PLAYERS WHO WERE AN INSULT AND THERE YOU HAVE IT - THANKS A BUNCH. SORRY FORGOT LOMAS AND HOLLOWAY SOUNDS LIKE A COMEDY DUO EXCEPT IT AINT FUNNY. SORRY LADS THE PLAN IS REGENERATION AS WE SLIDE DOWN FURTHER AND FURTHER THROUGH THE LEAGUES. WE GO UNDER AND JB SAVES THE DAY.
    TRUTH ALWAYS HURTS. Mind you enjoyed the film MAD MAX last week go and see it it is absolutely fantastic - lots of likes please. Don't forget tomorrow and watch the championship play off final if KJ had been given money we could have been there.

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    • May 24, 2015 at 13:16
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      @Mekongriver: Afraid there is a lot of truth in what you say. Millwall have had some good managers but have had their ambitions thwarted by a miserly board too scared to spend any money. If the money spent on Holloway and Lomas had been given to KJ to spend on players we would not be where we are now.

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    • May 25, 2015 at 09:43
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      @Mekongriver: Well that's definitely the glass half empty perspective, you do make some good points but I think we shouldn't judge next season till we see what players come in. Remember, the majority of our squad left this Summer so there are many players to sign.

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    • May 25, 2015 at 11:58
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      M@Mekongriver:

      Don't get why people are so optimistic, in the cold light of day we have a squad full of inexperienced players with the more experienced like Forde Williams and Martin likely to leave.

      We had a manager who has never signed a player or managed for more than a dozen games.

      The club says it'll spend but they won't spend enough to attract real quality, the likes of Hanson or Pope.

      The club has a history of taking 4/5 years to bounce back so why should this be any different?

      It's going to be a season of building for the future, I'd take a top ten finish anything else would be a bonus

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      • May 26, 2015 at 09:20
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        @North London Lion: I agree, this nonsense about us being favourites to win the league is a distraction and setting expecttations way too high. Mid table is the minimum we should expect, although I would not be surprised if our young squad need a season to find their feet at that level. I'd accept middle third of the table as acceptable, top 10 would be a very good first season with this new look squad.

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  • May 24, 2015 at 13:46
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    Mekong river, why do you keep asking for likes in your comments.
    If we like we will give you a thumbs up but don't fish.

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