Harris may look to loan market to strengthen Millwall side

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NEIL Harris will utilise the loan market if he deems it necessary.

The Millwall manager is still actively searching for players to strengthen his side with only nine days to go until the start of the new League One season.

Harris hasn't ruled out permanent additions as the search continues for new signings before the big kick-off on August 8.

And the Den boss has said, if needs be, the loan market will be used to bring in additional players.

“I think I'm quite open to either (loan or permanent signings),” Harris said.

“I'm not against the loan system whatsoever, I think if used in the right manner, it can be really productive.

“For me, a loan period is either for us to have the opportunity to have a look at somebody, or it's to bring in a player for a period of time as someone else is unavailable – both are win-win situations. I'm not opposed to the market.

“I like our players, I like what we have, but if we need to bring in one or two to strengthen for a period of time and give us a chance to look at the bigger picture and have a closer look at other players, then that fits as well.

“We need to be patient to a certain degree, I'm not going to waver on my stance that I’ll only sign players I want to sign. I'm not going to take players just for the sake of taking them, it's wrong.”

Harris added: “The aim is always to get the players in you want by the Shrewsbury game, that’s the main aim.

“If we have somebody in by C.D Tondela, it would be perfect. As I'm finding out, however, football isn't a perfect business.

“If it means adding to the squad after the first game of season, or after the first few games because of injury, suspensions or I feel we may be lacking something. I'll certainly be willing to do that.

“We’re working everyday being mindful that we looking to bring players in from teams who are in similar situations to us and looking to sign players. We are at the stage now where I need to speak to clubs and managers.

“I know players might want to come but, if they're not being let go by their clubs then it becomes difficult.

“There are targets that we like, we know the characters and abilities and what they offer. We’re just now being patient while waiting for other clubs to get in their targets and let us have their players.

“It's a waiting game, which is frustrating, but I'm fully appreciative of everybody's situation.”

Jay Taylor


84 thoughts on “Harris may look to loan market to strengthen Millwall side

  • July 30, 2015 at 09:13

    I think the club's search for a striker may well come as a loanee and, who knows, we may unearth another Harry Kane.

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    • July 30, 2015 at 14:47


      Does my comment really deserve 105 dislikes? Sod it, I can't be bothered to comment again.

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      • July 30, 2015 at 15:58

        @Bolland: Don't think many are keen on the prospect of us loaning anybody - wouldn't take it personally mate!

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    • July 31, 2015 at 00:44

      @Bolland: I think people dislike the fact that every loan player we have found ends up somewhere else, for a long term problem we can't be searching for short term solutions anymore.

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  • July 30, 2015 at 09:15

    Oh dear this is worrying the season starts in little over a week and STILL NO STRIKER! We need a miracle!

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