STEVE Lomas has revealed that striker John Marquis is set to leave Millwall on loan this season in order to gain valuable first-team experience.
Marquis has been limited to just 45 minutes of pre-season action because of an injury, whilst the arrival of new signings Steve Morison and Scott McDonald has pushed him further down the Lions' pecking order.
And Lomas believes the 21-year-old would benefit greatly from playing regular football in League One or League Two.
He said: "I've already sat down with John and he knows that I'm going to do my best to help him, because we need to get him firing. It's not a case of bringing in all these strikers and setting him aside – he's a good young player, who is big, strong and aggressive. He has the makings of a good striker.
"But he needs to get out and play football, it's as simple as that. Wherever he goes he has to play regularly so that he gets games under his belt and kick-starts his career, because being a bit-part player isn't doing his development any good.
"I had a young player up in Scotland called Stevie May – we sent him out on loan twice and he'll probably feature for St Johnstone this year. John's at a stage now where only games will help his development, not what I coach him.
"His real development will be going out on loan, playing 20 matches, scoring some goals and refining his game – and then he would be a viable option for us."
Marquis has made 39 appearances for Millwall since making his first-team debut against against Bristol Rovers in September 2009.