Veteran midfielder Derry joins Millwall on one-month loan

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MILLWALL have completed the signing of veteran QPR midfielder Shaun Derry on a one-month loan deal.

The 35-year-old trained with his new teammates this morning and will go straight into the Lions' squad to face Ipswich Town at Portman Road on Saturday.

The deal is with a view to a permanent move if Derry impresses.



Derry told Lions Player: "I'm absolutely chuffed to bits to be at Millwall. I'm here first and foremost to play football and to help the club get further up the league than they were last year. The passion of the place and the supporters is fantastic. My wife's family are all Millwall fans so they're delighted and so am I."

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Andy Marshall has returned to The Den on a short-term agreement to provide back up to Stephen Bywater, with David Forde recovering from knee surgery.

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73 thoughts on “Veteran midfielder Derry joins Millwall on one-month loan

  • August 8, 2013 at 13:51
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    Is this just short term to give Steve time to get rid of Jimmy/Josh ?

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    • August 8, 2013 at 15:16
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      @Longfield Lion:
      Article clearly says "The deal is with a view to a permanent move if Derry impresses." and it's been stated several times by Lomas, AA and JB we need to move people on before signing others.

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      • August 8, 2013 at 15:39
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        @Garrick: Garrick, the artical I read on the Milleall site said that he was hear to help Millwall finish in a higher league position than they did last year, which would concur with what you have already said.

        It also said that his family are very excited about his move (why if its only for 4 weeks) and that he leaves near the ground and very near the training facility (from the palarse days) so if he does preform better than the boys who have been in that position for the last 2 games it looks like we are going to increse the average age of our midfield by a year or two.

        I would love to know what percentage of his money we are paying and how much that is in pounds, if this is SL plan he needs to move people out a.s.a.p. also in the Southwark news there is an artical on the back page saying that they need to move people on like Marquis & O'Brien to finance signing Gary Dicker (I thought that one had died).

        Was all this money availble to KJ last term and KJ did not want it, or is JB having one last go at getting to the big time and if it fails he moves out of Millwall opinions on this thought.

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        • August 8, 2013 at 15:56
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          @Barnlion:
          JB offered Kenny a "significantly larger" wage budget to stay here in the off season, and Lomas has that budget now... and JB said he is actually a little over it already recently.
          So Lomas certainly has more than KJ ever did.
          Also I think its fair to say KJ had a LOT of budget tied into players who didn't justify it (Hulse, Tyson, even A.Smith) and I know we were paying housing costs for some as well (Taylor).
          And of course Lomas cut some wages already.

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  • August 8, 2013 at 13:53
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    For f*** sake what does he want to do invade a small country with all these squad players he is signing, who is all of this players agent's there not related to Lomas are they, why do we want an ex palarse leeds and Harry's boy at 35 coming down here for a month whats that all about.

    What is he going to do in 4 weeks is he match fit yet or do we have to wait for him like all the others, anyway he might get a little niggle in trainging and we know what will happen then out for 4 weeks all on us.

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    • August 8, 2013 at 18:05
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      @Barnlion:
      I think our next signings should be more stretcher bearers

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  • August 8, 2013 at 13:58
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    Jimi ain't good enough to pass the ball effectively - Derry has been there, seen it done it in this division. Good short term signing until Trotts is fit but it means Cgaplow will continue to play left side

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    • August 8, 2013 at 14:02
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      @flacko: Chaplow can play central if Lomas does the right thing and plays 4-2-3-1

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    • August 8, 2013 at 17:53
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      @flacko:
      Which is a nightmare for Chaplow.

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  • August 8, 2013 at 14:01
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    I reckon it's to check him out and to put the feelers out for Wright and Abdou. In a months time we'd have all the answers and a decision will be made. This loan must be with a view to a long term deal otherwise what's the point. Or are we reading to much into this. Is he simply cover for Trotter whilst the other two are considered surplus regardless.

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    • August 8, 2013 at 14:21
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      @Swanny: Swanny,I am sure he knows what he is like they were even playing at the same time and I am sure that he has watched him on TV and so on, so he either fancies him long term or as you say he wants to make sure before he ships either 1 or 2 midfield players out.

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  • August 8, 2013 at 14:04
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    not impressed..seems a panic measure

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    • August 8, 2013 at 14:06
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      @Peckhamlad: C'mon mate, panic... after 2 games and only 1 league game gone? I just think Lomas has seen enough of Abdou and Wright to know they aren't going to cut the mustard....

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      • August 8, 2013 at 14:49
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        @Bradders: you have Feeney, Martin, Chaplow, Bailey, Henry, and I guess Jimmy and Wright, who most people are doubting. 7 midfield players, I just wish SL would bring in someone with some youth and spirit. I agree the midfield does not seem right but Trotter is to return which will make a big difference especially if he is beside Bailey.

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        • August 8, 2013 at 15:13
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          @Peckhamlad: Out of the 5 you have named only 3 can play in the centre and all 3 aren't fully fit, so you bring in someone (on a short term loan) who has vast experience at this level, won a couple of promotions, can play with the ball at his feet as well as getting stuck in.... not sure what the issue is.

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    • August 8, 2013 at 20:17
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      @Peckhamlad: I disagree PL. You can not put a price on knowledge/experience imo.

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  • August 8, 2013 at 14:04
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    Absolutely will Derry do a job until Trotter is back and he is a player who likes to win the ball and get his head up and look forward.

    Wright and Abdou were embarrassing against Yeovil and Wimbledon, both teams just played through the middle like our Midfield didn't exist.

    Derry to shore things up for a few games and see how it goes..... Better than having Hulse for a whole season (at least if this goes wrong Derry can just swan back off to QPR after a month).

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  • August 8, 2013 at 14:04
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    Good signing, no matter what the haters on here say! Was playing regular premiership football just last season - he aint afraid to get his foot on the ball and his experience will be a benefit to everyone in the side!

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      • August 8, 2013 at 17:16
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        @Barnlion: Nah mate 20 games in the prem last season

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    • August 8, 2013 at 15:08
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      @TheBermondseyBomber: I agree with you Bomber, good move in the short term - I personally would feel a lot better with him and Bailey in the middle and it would allow Bailey to get forward a little more. Derry has been there and done it - I think he'll do a good job for us. Another good move by SL and the club IMHO

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  • August 8, 2013 at 14:05
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    I hope he is only here until Trotter is fit again and as mentioned above doesn't take 4 weeks to get match fit himself. To me SL is now signing players we don't really need. Surely our priority is a short term loan goalkeeper and another right back. SOMEHOW, WE ALSO NEED TO GET RID OF SOME OF THE PLAYERS SURPLUS TO REQUIREMENTS!!!

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    • August 8, 2013 at 14:07
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      @denslions: Andy Marshall signed as short term loan gk

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      • August 8, 2013 at 15:10
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        @Vinny Shell: Makes sense - let's face it, unless Bywater gets injured he's only there to sit on the bench for 4-6 weeks - mind you after seeing Bywater's first game....... let's hope it was first match nerves!

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    • August 8, 2013 at 14:08
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      @denslions: Did you see Wright and Abdou together.... not even fit for League 2, with Bailey still returning to full fitness and the same for Martin and Chaplow who do you suggest we should put in the Middle??

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  • August 8, 2013 at 14:06
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    I can see a three man midfield with Moro up top on his own with Henry and Martin alongside. At the end of the day I can't see why people are complaining if we are bringing in experienced quality players

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    • August 8, 2013 at 14:25
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      @Vinny Shell: I'm glad we are bringing in experienced quality players but it would be nice to see a few of them on the pitch now and again. You can't "gel" too well on the bench.
      I have never known a time when so many players aren't ready for the season! What are we saving them for the relegation battle from Jan onwards.

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    • August 8, 2013 at 14:37
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      @Vinny Shell: What else do you see Vinny in that crystal ball of yours? What about MacDonald in your little line up?

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  • August 8, 2013 at 14:06
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    The future is looking bright with all the 30+ year olds joining us!!! Wouldn't surprise me if lomas and pressman come out of retirement!!!

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  • August 8, 2013 at 14:06
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    I wonder if Lomas might interested in my dad. He's a Millwall fan and not working. My you, he's 85, so could be too young!

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  • August 8, 2013 at 14:08
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    I think SL knows exactly what he's doing to be fair. Very soon the trap door will open and 3 or 4 players will fall through it to other clubs..... You can't get rid until you've got suitable , fit replacements...

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    • August 8, 2013 at 14:21
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      @Block 8: Agreed Block 8. A good move by SL. Gives him the scope to ship a few of the deadbeats out, and still allows him to keep his options open longer term.

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        • August 8, 2013 at 15:04
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          @Longfield Lion: Absolutely Wallden, just imagine the other scenario we get shot of the dead wood, and theres many of them, and no backup we would be bloody screaming and saying what a plonker or worse SL is for not getting the replacements in first.

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    • August 8, 2013 at 15:13
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      @Block 8: I think you're spot on there Block 8. I just hope we don't have to wait too long for the players in the departure lounge to go.

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  • August 8, 2013 at 14:09
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    Lomas obviously doesnt rate Wright or Abdou after what he has seen so far. And didnt someone mention Lomas used to play 4-5-1 away from home? Maybe thats got something to do with it?? We'll find out on saturday!!

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    • August 8, 2013 at 14:15
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      @sjordan86:
      The 4-5-1 away comment was mine. He also may be looking to play 4-3-3 at home when we have the right personnel. I don't see wright/abdou as long term answers

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  • August 8, 2013 at 14:15
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    In theory a 3 man midfield of Chaplow, Bailey and Derry as the holding player - on paper a very good midfield with Trotter to come back. Up front Morison on his own (hmm not his style IMO) with Henry right & Martin/Keogh left. With that system you need full backs that attack so there's two players we need. I also hope there's enough of a left side in the squad for a switch to 4 4 2 if need be or as the first tactic and for f**** sake let's see a bit of width in the team. All wanky theory to me from football w****** up their own tactical a*** - football is a simple game often watched by simple people (see News at Den for examples) but I daresay lots of you cream your skinny jeans and drip on your bumpers when you hear a number combination.

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    • August 8, 2013 at 14:27
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      A lovely turn of phrase that Les. Enjoyed it tremendously.
      @Old_Les:

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    • August 8, 2013 at 14:35
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      @Old_Les: I know its a bit late Les but Happy 68th birthday, hope you didn't overdo the Sanatogen.

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      • August 8, 2013 at 14:40
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        @Sealion: Time to break out the werther's original's, the pipe and slippers and enjoy your Old age Les..... and stop stressing out about everything wont do you any good.... although it looks as though Nickola has 'creamed' his skinny jeans over your post

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        • August 8, 2013 at 14:58
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          Just thinking about Les in his turn-ups does it for me.

          @Bradders:

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      • August 8, 2013 at 15:37
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        @Sealion: Thanks very much mate - Can't believe I'm 68 because each time I look in the mirror I see a man of no more than 45 looking back at me. (I just pray the dementia hasn't kicked in and I'm seeing the happy face of my Congolese carer and I bend over the basin scrubbing my false teeth)

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        • August 8, 2013 at 17:23
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          @Old_Les: yeh I've got a mirror like that great aren,t they.

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  • August 8, 2013 at 14:17
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    Surely anything is better than Wright or Abdou they were an absolute embarrassment against Yeovil, as above, this guy has been there and done it - decent signing IMO...and if he is s*** he's gone after a month anyway.

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  • August 8, 2013 at 14:19
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    At home, he surely has to play 2 up front with 4 in midfield-possibly in a diamond formation.
    Away, I'd still like 2 up front but if Lomas goes for 4-5-1 then we definately need a fit Martin and Henry on the flanks.
    Interesting to see who the starting eleven will be on Saturday and also who makes the bench. In the Newsshopper today, Lomas is quoted as saying 'somewhere down the line we will have to do something with people leaving'. Looks like now he's got Derry and Marshall he'll be concentrating on the defence so expect some signings soon. Meanwhile, a few going out permanently and some youngsters out on loan.

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  • August 8, 2013 at 14:29
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    Great signing. He's had a full pre-season and featured for qpr in the cup. He does what Bailey has done v Wimbledon and what he did as a sub v Yeovil. He gets stuck in, reads the game, breaks down attacks and plays the ball out to start attacks. The month gives us a chance to see if he's still capable at 35 and also gives Bailey a chance to get to full fitness. Abdou is a different type of player and Josh Wright isn't good enough.

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    • August 8, 2013 at 14:33
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      Abdou and Wright are not in Lomas's plans, even as back-ups. I'm sure about that.

      @wonky thicklips:

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  • August 8, 2013 at 14:36
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    I just like how some people have written him off because he has even played, what if he turns out to be exactly what we need in the midfield? Great we can sign him for longer, but what if he turns out sh*te? He is only on a 1 month loan.

    Win Win for both parties.... whereas only Hulse won last time as we paid him over £12,000 a week to enjoy scoring 1 goal against eerrr.... Luton Town!

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  • August 8, 2013 at 14:37
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    Lets see what happens Saturday that will either prove the decision was a good one or not, I am not in favor of him being here but if he helps this season to be better than the last, I will say I got it wrong about him if we had taken him a few years back I would have been well happy, but its just the age thing.

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  • August 8, 2013 at 14:54
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    You know this fella is going to give 100% but this signing does not make sense to me. SL is looking to build a team for the season and wants his new players to gel so why drop another loan midfielder into the mix? Maybe he has him down for a permanent deal which means he has a month to ship out others to pay for him. I still think signing a 35yo is not the way forward.

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    • August 8, 2013 at 15:47
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      @lion.ie:
      Word is Lomas wants to make it a permanent move, and will use this 28 day loan to move out some wages first (And make sure Derry is up to it this season).
      Things we know from the club:
      DNG has two or three teams after him, so its a matter of time there I think. (swindon and brentford I gather most likely?)
      Marquis and a couple kids probably going out out on loans too.

      Not sure that's enough wages saved for Derry, so one of Josh or Jimmy probably need to be moved on, and depending on offers possibly both.

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  • August 8, 2013 at 15:37
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    Every time l watced QPR he impressed me, in this division, and even in the Premership. He does the simple things, reads the game very well, and has bags of experience. And he is a tough tackler, this despite his age is the caliber of player we need if we are to progress.

    PS. Dont forget Giggs is 97 and still playing !

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  • August 8, 2013 at 15:38
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    Good signing. He will come straight in for Wright I expect. If we sign him permanently he will be a bit of experience at this level even if he doesn't start every time. With suspensions and injuries he is a very useful player to have around.
    As far as formation goes, I don't care whether we play wide or narrow as long as we win. But I do seem to recall we played with two wingers last season and look how well that worked out.

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  • August 8, 2013 at 15:57
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    Loads of people on here questioning the money each of these players will cost - I'm sure the club have done their homework, I'm just glad that they are seeing where we all agree we have been weak and acting on it. Building a future for this club means getting higher up the table (maybe even getting to the play-offs!!!), playing better football and getting higher gates. If it takes a 35 year old to achieve this in the short term then it's money well spent. Let Lomas worry about the formation or formations he wants to play. For once I agree with Old Les; if you have a squad of players who can play football you can more or less play any formation the situation requires and that's what he seems to be trying to build. As others have said before, I'm sure that we will see the deadwood cast aside once we have the players in, and maybe even a couple of players who aren't deadwood but who SL believes could free more money up. In my opinion that's good management. In SL I trust!!!

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  • August 8, 2013 at 16:32
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    We need to play a 4231 formation with bailey and Derry the holding midfielders!. Then have trotter and chaplow the two attacking midfielders and then have keogh or McDonald just playing behind Morison

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  • August 8, 2013 at 16:38
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    Im sure SL knows exactly what he is doing, as for the board they seem to be trusting his judgment thus far and long may that last. If he plays the wall way even though he is 35 then so be it, holding the middle together with chaps so NB and trotts can get forwards and score some well needed goals. Hate to say this but i think keogh may have had his allowance for this season. Against the dons he didnt look comfertable or strong on the ball and in tackles.

    Let lomas decide whats best on the field and lets all get behind him and the boys for the rough road trip ahead.

    COYL!!!!!!!

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  • August 8, 2013 at 16:50
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    35 yrs young!!!! So f****** what. If the geezer is good enough he's young enough. The guy has premier league experience, he's won promotion, he has experience coming out of every orifice..... To me he has enough variety in midfield to play any formation whether it be a 4-4-2 or a 4 -5-1 or even an a fricking 3-5-2(we would be getting all continental with that one)

    I have also heard that Swindon and Brentford are interested in N'guesson............Yeah baby!!!!

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    • August 8, 2013 at 18:50
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      @Windy: Are you on the right forum?

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  • August 8, 2013 at 16:53
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    Good short term signing, rolling 1 month would be ideal though.
    COYL

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  • August 8, 2013 at 16:57
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    Swindon, Brentford and MK Dons have all enquired about N'Guessan so I guess he'll be moved out

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    • August 8, 2013 at 17:02
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      @MillwallGibby: I hope not, if so we will need another striker

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    • August 8, 2013 at 17:06
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      The fact that he's attracting attention from lower league clubs says it all.
      First of a few to go very soon. To those players that will be leaving I say thanks for the effort and good luck in the future.

      @MillwallGibby:

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    • August 8, 2013 at 17:29
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      @MillwallGibby: We could also give them Woeford as a BOGOF deal.

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  • August 8, 2013 at 20:15
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    This bloke knows what it takes to do it in the championship, that's a fact. I would have him on board even if if was just to pass on his experience alone. He will almost certainly end up going into management or coaching etc and I would again welcome him in that respect too.

    With regards to our budget this year I was told by a mates mate of a mate (you know what I mean) that we have/had a budget of 10m inclusive of wages whatever that means?

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    • August 8, 2013 at 22:18
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      Woah !!
      10 million ?
      Highly unlikely. Based on a current average home gate of 12.5k assuming everyone pays £23 and multiply that by the amount of home games it's a long way short of 10 million. Berylson has invested but he's banking on a couple of things. Firstly, our gates go up to 15k and secondly we have good cup runs.

      @JonnyBanks:

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  • August 8, 2013 at 21:47
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    Lomas shouldn't bring in players older than himself*

    😉

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  • August 8, 2013 at 21:54
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    Any chance of some forwards who can actually find the net instead of old age midfield players looking for a final payday,we seem to be back at the times of the Russian revolution and that got us no where.

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  • August 8, 2013 at 23:01
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    what i find strange is we havent signed shorey coz we cant afford wages, but we then bring in derry and marshall whos wages combined are more than what shorey wants.

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    • August 8, 2013 at 23:10
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      I haven't heard from anywhere that we can't afford his wages. More likely to be that Lomas thinks the midfield needs bolstering, especially without Trotter for 4 weeks, more than the defence does. Having said that, once we offload 4 players next week, then expect to see some more incomings. Defenders do not earn the wages or generate transfer fees akin to midfielders or strikers-Well not in Millwall land they don't.

      @thepromiselandbeckons:

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      • August 9, 2013 at 01:05
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        @NICKOLA: Trotter should be back sooner, Bobby Bacic said if Trotter's rehabilitation goes well this week he will rejoin the squad for training on monday. So you should expect to see him come on as a sub in the Sheffield Wednesday match or even Huddersfield next Saturday at a push.

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  • August 9, 2013 at 09:45
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    Marshalls on a play and pay basis !

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  • August 9, 2013 at 21:45
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    Just seen this on Sky Sports sites transfer window update thing:

    21.03 - Shaun Derry is hoping to make his mark in a Millwall shirt and has refused to rule out an extended stay at The Den.

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