Academy boss delighted Millwall youngsters renewing deals

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© Edmund Boyden

MILLWALL academy manager Scott Fitzgerald has revealed his delight that academy products are committing their future to the club.

Sid Nelson and Aiden O'Brien signed new long-term deals this week with Fred Onyedinma set to extend his stay with the Lions.

John Marquis, meanwhile, committed to a new one-year deal last week.

And Fitzgerald feels the youngsters coming through have a connection with the club that have given them an opportunity.

"I'm really pleased they've signed, but why wouldn't they sign?" Fitzgerald said. "It's a fantastic club, we've given them their chance and the guys have come into the first team and done well.

"I would have been surprised if they hadn't signed.

"The guys have been with us a long time, they've got an affinity with the club, we've given them the opportunity and now it’s up to them to push on this season."

With several academy products moving up into the first team, Fitzgerald envisages more youngsters following a similar course soon.

And the academy boss feels future graduates will force their way into the senior squad because they are of a standard manager Neil Harris and Fitzgerald expect.

"Neil will only play players if he thinks they're good enough," Fitzgerald said. "So it doesn't matter if they've come through our academy or not.

"They need to be good enough, so I want to make sure even our players understand that just because you've come through our academy, you're not automatically going to get a go.

"They have to be of a standard and if they are of that standard, Neil will give them a go."

Jay Taylor

(@jay_taylor18)

26 thoughts on “Academy boss delighted Millwall youngsters renewing deals

  • June 3, 2015 at 09:50
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    Top man Fitzgerald could have moved I had offers I thi Fulham but he stayed loyal to the club so with so many loyal servants I feel totally confident in the direction our wall is heading and the youngsters the icing on the cake. I don't wanna jinx it but I feel something special has begun. And how far we take it all of us.supporters players management. Will depend massively on home/away support for us to get behind our club. Finally a club I can believe in

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    • June 3, 2015 at 09:58
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      @dave666: on the money dave. I get the feeling that next season will start with loads of passion in the team that will counter the fact they haven't really played together as a team, but as the season goes on, and they start to learn each others strengths, I really believe we will be something special

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  • June 3, 2015 at 10:35
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    We are going up say we are going up we are going up say we are going up can't wait till the season starts im going every home match super super neil super super neil super super neil super neil haris COYL NOLU, WDC we are MILLWALL super MILLWALL we are MILLWALL from the den milllllllllllllllllllllllllll

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  • June 3, 2015 at 12:05
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    Good to see scott getting the appreciation he deserves with youngsters getting there chance and not been to badly damaged by the other clown

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  • June 3, 2015 at 12:31
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    Here we go again same story just different editor and name. If I hear the name Nelson, O'BRIEN and Fred again I will jump off Southend pier whether the tide is in or out. So f.....g boring surely there must be something more interesting like Derby having 21,000 season tickets sold and we will probably be playing CREWE at home first game with 6,500 if lucky and it is not raining and all Wall supporters on hols with kids. Yep brand new dawn. Just to remind everybody how the management of Wall have cocked everything up with the their terrible managerial appointments and signing of players who hardly played for the club on stupid wages. Still good news Bromley in a friendly good planning because Wall will probably be ground sharing their soon when the bulldozers roll into the Den - just you wait and see. Wakk will get to know the layout of the Bromley ground etc. MEKONG RIVER SPEAKS WITH STRAIGHT TONGUE NOT FORKED. Saw the American Sniper the other day brill now there was somebody who could shoot straight. Bring back Bas and Barry Corr is going to Cambridge just to let you know another good striker slips through the net not literally I mean not the goal net. Will Archer sign he never played a game for us and is unproven - Forde must go. We need a midfielder like Dennis Wise and a centre forward like MOODEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. Thanks for reading. I do try to be helpful.

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    • June 3, 2015 at 13:57
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      @Mekongriver: Wow! What a positive post! The past is the past and we can't change it so why moan about it.... I'd like to see our supporters looking forward and supporting this emerging team! The non-playing staff appointments have left a lot to be desired but NH is a massive improvement on the previous two given his connection to the club, the youth is looking good, we've got a decent budget for this league.... don't see any reason to jump off Southend pier!

      I Thought American Sniper was overrated myself!

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    • June 3, 2015 at 18:26
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      @Mekongriver: Surely you should jump into the mekong riveer. Mind you which ever river is closer. The sooner the better. Complete mong.

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    • June 3, 2015 at 23:31
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      @Mekongriver:
      I reckon your mental health will kill you off soon enough anyway mate, no need for the pier.

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  • June 3, 2015 at 14:00
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    New to news at den here, honestly can't wait for the new season to start! with our youth products and hopefully some decent signings I think we will be a strong force in this league, COYL!!

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  • June 3, 2015 at 17:36
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    I've just left southend pier,there's a crowd of millwall supporters on there waiting to Mekong off

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  • June 3, 2015 at 17:38
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    Oops, should have read ,SEE Mekong off

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  • June 3, 2015 at 18:37
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    Maybe we should have a mekong river beating before every home game. We would have a full house every week. This bloke could do us the world of good. Give him a free season ticket then lead him to the center circle before kick off and give him a friendly shoeing then free drinks in arrys bar and a free cab home. Or do it after the game cause if we are getting stuffed 5-0 with 20 minuets to go no one would f. uck off. Its a win win.

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  • June 3, 2015 at 19:10
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    It is I MEKONGRIVER just to say no harm meant - Bromley ain't that bad Wall will soon get used to the pitch. Division One ain't that bad and you never know Wall might get a dozen points before XMAS only providing AOB, HORATIO and FRED are playing. It could be worse you might have voted for the two dogs on BGT and feel seen off. Southend aint that bad either. Joking apart we really need a seasoned,strong, fast front man who wants to play for Wall, a mid field general and a goalie and with all the YOUNGSTERS Williams, Gregory, Upson, Martin etc if NH gets the team spirit right - you never know - I don't think it is worth punting on them at silly prices but a steady bet on Wall to win single bets on their home games should show a season profit. Get on Anthony Joshua to be world champion now before he gets some more wins under his belt. 14 days until the fixtures come out - and Carling cup, Johnstone paint first round games to look forward to and yes first round of the FA cup WEMBLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!

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    • June 3, 2015 at 19:52
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      @Mekongriver: pls let me know where you got your phone from as mine don't work under water.
      Joking aside that's more like it mekong. It's a new dawn mate we got no choice but to get on with it. Fortunately we do have a few kids who look pretty decent, just as well cause we ain't got a pot to p*** in to replace all the players we lost end of season and it will also make NHs job much easier as he's worked with em.
      Glad to see the change of heart
      Bet you don't admit it though ;)

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