MILLWALL are keen to exercise an option in Mahlon Romeo’s contract to secure his future at the club.
The 20-year-old, released by Gillingham last season, was Neil Harris’ first permanent signing as manager. Romeo penned a one-year contract after impressing Harris and academy boss Scott Fitzgerald during a trial spell last April.
Romeo was expected to spend a season with the U21s, but after injuries to Carlos Edwards and Shaun Cummings he exploded onto the first-team scene with a superb goal in the 3-0 win at Walsall in February.
He kept his place when Edwards returned from injury and has now played in seven consecutive games and formed an impressive partnership on the right side of Millwall’s team with Jed Wallace.
That form is attracting admiring glances from potential suitors, and Millwall now want to tie down the defender to a longer deal and head off any interest from some of the bigger clubs.
Fred Onyedinma, Aiden O’Brien, Ben Thompson and Sid Nelson have all signed new deals this season, and boss Harris explained the club policy behind contract offers to younger players.
“Mahlon is under contract until this summer and we have an option to extend it,” Harris said.
“Mahlon has come in and done really well so we’re looking to have discussions with his advisers to think about tying him down a little longer.
“You want to protect your assets and you want to reward players for doing well.
“You want to give parity to players, and that’s all we’re trying to do. We try to be sensible with what we do.
“If players do well they should be rewarded.
“I think we’ve shown with all the other young lads that if they break into the first team and do well they get rewarded.
“Until they do that, then they’re U21 players and they have to earn the right to get into the first team. But Mahlon has done really well, as did Fred, Aiden, Ben and Sid earlier in the season when they all got awarded new contracts.
“Mahlon comes into that category at the moment.”