Millwall open Beevers talks as Harris keen on Taylor

MILLWALL are prioritising Mark Beevers' contract negotiations and want to sign Chris Taylor on a permanent basis as recruitment plans begin ahead of next season.

Beevers is out of contract at the end of June, but boss Neil Harris is desperate to keep the Barnsley-born centre-back who emerged as a key part of the defence last season.

The 26-year-old former Sheffield Wednesday defender hasn’t been drawn on commenting on his future when asked this season, but Harris revealed discussions on a new contract are “ongoing”.

Meanwhile, Taylor, 29, went back to his parent club Blackburn this week after playing in Millwall’s 3-1 defeat to Barnsley in the League One play-off final last Sunday.

His deal is also set to expire and Blackburn will not be offering him a new one.

Harris hopes both players’ futures will be resolved as soon as possible.

“I’m in ongoing talks with Mark Beevers and there’s a different conversation to be had about Chris Taylor,” Harris told NewsAtDen this week. “He’s Blackburn’s player at the moment and will be until the first of July.

“I’ve already spoken at length with Chris. He has really enjoyed being here. I really enjoy working with him and he enjoys working for the club.

“He’s really come in and added quality to our squad. He’s certainly of the quality we want to attract for next season and the type of character we want.

“Talks will be key between us in the next week or so about his future. Blackburn have said they won’t be retaining his services so he’s free to talk to other clubs.”


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John Kelly