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


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

  • May 22, 2015 at 10:58

    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

      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

        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

      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

        @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

    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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