KENNY Jackett has set out his plans to "regenerate" Millwall's strikeforce in the wake of Darius Henderson's imminent switch to Nottingham Forest.
Henderson travelled to the City Ground on Thursday to complete the formalities of the move and is expected to be confirmed as a Forest player before the weekend.
His exit leaves Andy Keogh as the only proven Championship forward within the Lions' squad but Jackett has underlined his commitment to bringing in reinforcements.
Jackett said: "Darius has got permission to speak to Forest this morning and we will see how those talks go. We've got to presume they will be successful.
"But I would rather wait until the decision has been made and he does sign before commenting further. If Darius does go, I would thank him for what he's done and I would wish him all the best.
"I think generally our forward line and creative side of our team does need regenerating. We need some changes – some people coming in and some people going out. This is part of that process.
"His contract is up in the summer and he has an opportunity now for us to either give him a new contract or he moves on. It's that sort of timing really. We'll see how talks go.
"He scored 19 goals last season and seven goals this season. His contract is up in the summer and we do need to regenerate that area a little bit and bring in some different players.
"Creating and scoring goals is definitely the toughest part of the game and is certainly the most expensive. How we take our forward line forward and how we plan is a big question.
"It's going to be a big challenge to try to make sure we can capitalise on our good position in the league and our season so far – we don't want, and I don't want, the season to fall away.
"In terms of the planning of the squad, we're going to have to work hard to stay up around the top six. We recognise the opportunity that we have.
"Myself and the chairman are mindful that we need to add – we both think that. Adding the right players, enthusiasm and some freshness is a big thing."
While Jackett admits Henderson's departure could leave Millwall short of attacking options in the coming weeks, he says he is looking forward to remoulding his squad for the future.
"The timing doesn't fall perfectly," he said. "Improving a squad of players is not an exact science. Nathan Tyson coming in and getting injured on his debut is not an ideal situation.
"In the short term, there will be opportunities for other people – opportunities they do want and will be looking for. Then we have to work to get options and people coming in.
"The Aston Villa game will look after itself. I think we'll get a really positive performance from the players on Friday. But in the games coming up, it's going to be tough and we do need to improve.
"If we could bring in players today, we would. But the good thing is the loan window opens again in February. We will try to improve the squad and if that happens in January, that would be terrific.
"If it happens before the Barnsley game next Tuesday, or Hull after that, that would be great.
"But if I have to wait to get the right players and the right blend in, I will do that. It is an ongoing process considering the market we are in."
Supporters have questioned why Henderson has been allowed to hold talks with Forest given that the Lions have struggled to score goals in the wake of Chris Wood's move to Leicester City.
And Jackett says he sympathises with their point of view. "I can see their frustration and wonder – it is a situation where they will be thinking who is going to score the goals," he said.
"We didn't choose to let Wood go. My bosses made a very, very good offer. Unfortunately, we lost him. We've lost a number of goals within the squad but I felt changes needed to be made anyway.
"The focus is on the players that play on Friday night and then, going forward, how I strengthen the squad in the second-half of the season."
Jackett was critical of Millwall's lack of character in their 2-0 defeat to Burnley last Saturday but he does not believe the loss of Wood at the start of the month has affected morale.
He said: "The last game Wood played in was against Barnsley when we lost 2-1, and morale didn't seem a lot different then.
"I'm telling the players we have to be upbeat when it's freezing cold – you can see that type of game where, for whatever reasons, you sometimes lose that little bit of spark.
"I would be very disappointed if it was to do with morale or attitude. Footballers' general opinion and impression is that players come and go.
"Players are friends but it's like passing ships in the night, to some degree – just look at team photos from one year to the next.
"Last Saturday wasn't a thrashing by any means and we had our moments, but overall Burnley had an edge, a bit too much balance and know-how."