Millwall's Harris not ruling out goalkeeper move

MILLWALL boss Neil Harris said he could still recruit a goalkeeper before the current transfer window closes at the end of August.

Harris allowed the experienced David Forde join League Two Portsmouth on loan until the end of the season last week. That means Tom King, 21, who has yet to make his senior competitive Lions debut, will start the season as back-up to 23-year-old Jordan Archer (above).

With Harry Girling, 18, next in line, Harris could decide he needs more experience in that area.

“We’re okay for the minute, but I haven’t ruled it out,” Harris said. “Obviously David going to Portsmouth came out of the blue, it happened really quickly.

“But we’re being patient at the moment. Jordan has an opportunity to nail down the number one jersey and Kingy the number two jersey.

“Will it change? Possibly. I’ll have to assess things leading up to the end of August whether we need another goalkeeper in the building.”

There is a recall option in Millwall’s agreement with Portsmouth over Forde, but Harris is unlikely to activate it.

He said: “In the loan agreements there’s always an opportunity to bring somebody back. I’ve left it quite open with Portsmouth and with Paul Cook.

“But Fordey wants to play games and continue representing his country. He wants to play regularly so bringing him back to play the odd game for us wouldn’t be ideal for anybody.

“Fordey’s gone on loan for the season to play as many games as he can because he’s got a good two, three, four years in him still.”

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John Kelly