Harris: No one is leaving Millwall before deadline

NEIL Harris has insisted no player will be leaving Millwall before the end of the current transfer window.

There has been speculation surrounding a number of Harris’ squad this summer, with Sheffield United making an enquiry about Byron Webster last week but being told the defender was not for sale.

Lee Gregory has also been the subject of three bids from Rotherham and while Millers manager Alan Stubbs didn’t comment specifically on the striker when asked about him by local media last week, he also didn’t rule out the possibility of a further bid.

Meanwhile, Jordan Archer has yet to sign the deal the club offered him a number of weeks ago.

However, Harris is confident the current squad will be intact after August 31 and is focused on reducing an injury list that includes Joe Martin, Fred Onyedinma, Lee Gregory, Shaun Hutchinson and Shaun Cummings.

“Nobody will be going out so I wouldn’t have thought anybody will be coming in,” Harris said.

“Adding young players from other people’s squads is not my cup of tea. I’d rather use my own my young players.

“Obviously at the moment we’ve got a couple of short-term injuries but they’re going to be back soon.

“Maybe it’s just a case of managing players at the moment to make sure they’re fit as soon as possible.”

One player whom Harris did recruit last week was Calum Butcher from Burton, and the midfielder made his debut for the Lions on Saturday when he came on for Shane Ferguson in the 82nd minute of the 3-1 win over Chesterfield.

Harris said Butcher will add a different dimension to the squad. “Butch has played in a 4-4-1-1 or a 4-1-4-1 for Burton and he breaks forward. We saw his pace and energy going forward and his quality doing that. The personnel I’ve got available at the moment gives us the chance to change shape.

“I’m delighted he got 10 minutes just to get on the pitch with the players and introduce himself to the fans. As ever, everybody was an important part of the squad (Saturday).”

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John Kelly