Millwall to discuss Edwards' future after end of season

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MILLWALL boss Neil Harris believes Carlos Edwards could continue playing for at least another season.

Edwards has played 19 times since returning in September after a year out injured, but he will turn 38 next October. His current contract expires in the summer, when the club will discuss his future.

Edwards joined Millwall on a one-year deal from Ipswich in May, 2014. He signed a short-term contract at the beginning of the campaign after proving his fitness following his recovery from a serious knee injury, before the club extended it for the rest of the season in November.

The 37-year-old wasn’t in Harris’ matchday squad at the weekend as Millwall drew 0-0 with Colchester. The emergence of Mahlon Romeo has also cast some doubt on whether he will be one of those players coming out of contract who will be offered new deals.

Harris said increased competition kept Edwards out of the squad at the weekend, with Shane Ferguson back from international duty and Sid Nelson also an option to play at right-back.

But Harris will hold talks with the experienced defender after the season has ended.

“We had people coming back fit and I can only include 18 players,” Harris said. “We have defensive cover with Sid and Shane, who can play at full-back.

“Jimmy Abdou has also played there numerous times if need be.

“But Carlos can definitely play for another year. He’s one of a number of players out of contract that we’ll sit down with at the end of the season and discuss their futures.

“We have our opinions on players we’d like to keep and players have their opinion on whether they want to stay or not.

“If we want to keep a player and they want to stay, then negotiations begin. But we could be in a situation with players who haven’t featured regularly that we might want to keep but they don’t want to stay.

“I hope that with the open and good working relationships I have with my players that we’re able to have those conversations.”

Meanwhile, midfielder Shaun Williams, whom Millwall signed from MK Dons two years ago, has triggered a clause in his contract, which was due to expire this summer, that extends it for another year.

John Kelly