Shorey training with Bristol City after lengthy Millwall trial

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© Michael Hulf

DEFENDER Nicky Shorey has begun training with Bristol City after spending over a month on trial at Millwall.

Shorey linked up with the Lions in early July and had been doing fitness work with the squad up until Monday morning.

But manager Steve Lomas had little intention of offering the former England international a contract, and would only have put a deal on the table had there been an injury crisis.



Lomas remains in the market for a right back and a left winger, but has to free up room in his budget before he can bring in any more new faces.

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55 thoughts on “Shorey training with Bristol City after lengthy Millwall trial

  • August 20, 2013 at 16:07
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    f*** sake

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  • August 20, 2013 at 16:13
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    Where is he going to get the money to sign anyone, if as he has said he needs to move on several squad players, or has he forgot he has said that on this site only yesterday, so if he is looking for a new right back how are Alan Dunne and Jack Smith feeling now part of the new Millwall under Lomas.

    Dont see why he needs a left winger either, as I thought he found one in Richard Chaplow, that well known left winger at Southampton and Burnley.

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  • August 20, 2013 at 16:14
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    "Steve Lomas had little intention of offering the former England international a contract" Why was he mucking around having him about then if there was no intention? He wouldn't of signed him unless there was an injury crisis...Shorey is no mug is he....

    To be honest i'm not that bothered, but i would prefer if Lomas to be up front as this doesn't make sense to me. Why would a player like Shorey hang around...

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    • August 20, 2013 at 16:21
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      @Windy: I'll say it again - if SL wants support he has GOT to be up front with the fans. Shorey in particular has been the subject of over 100 postings but not once has SL told us his intentions. SL says he knows Millwall but he hasn't yet worked out that the fans like honesty. He won't survive if he continues to ignore us.

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      • August 20, 2013 at 16:31
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        @Profiler4: Personally i think he had every intention of signing Shorey, but couldn't secure the funds in time and now Shorey's patience has run dry so he is off and Lomas is trying to save face. Cos, i'm not being funny he's been with us for over 4 weeks so lomas would of made up his mind early doors if he was good enough. Something not right there.....

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    • August 20, 2013 at 16:28
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      @Windy: I am not worried about upsetting Shorey because he has not signed him, the fact is that we kept being told that he was trying to sign him and that he needed full backs, and I must say he is far better than what we have already.

      So why has he feed us a load of B******* regarding this over the last 4 weeks this is will include Dicker and the Dutchman (cant be bothered in checking the spelling), yet again another lost oppotunity SL for getting a decent player, plus also getting the fans back on side with you because the way you keep putting your teams out to play, you will need us with you.

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      • August 20, 2013 at 16:38
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        @Barnlion: De Ridder? Our left side is shocking, to the point that he played Henry there on Saturday, as clearly Chaplow has had enough playing in that position. And you cant rely on Lowry to go too far forward as he might get a nose bleed...

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  • August 20, 2013 at 16:19
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    A bit of a non-story Alex, but at least it breaks the lengthy thread of the last one! (-:~

    If Lomas had little intention of signing him, why did he play him in pre-season? Very strange!

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  • August 20, 2013 at 17:14
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    Well done sl well done

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  • August 20, 2013 at 17:33
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    If true another piece of idiocy and rank bad management from Lomas. I cannot think of a single sane reason why he would have a player here so long without being keen to sign that player. Why would he play him in friendlies? He claims he prefers to play 4 3 3 yet fails to sign a player who would fit into that and plays another player (Lowry( who doesn't. "But manager Steve Lomas had little intention of offering the former England international a contract" and if this is true Lomas is a w***** for conning a man looking for a job into thinking there may be one.

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    • August 20, 2013 at 18:05
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      @Old_Les: Will he say he only wanted Derry for a month and had no intention of signing him?

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      • August 20, 2013 at 18:19
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        @lion.ie: He may have to send him back when Trotters fit he will have 9 midfielders plus Derry if he can not get rid ship anyone out. I have included wingers in that number even though none seem to be able on the left in SL thinking

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  • August 20, 2013 at 18:15
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    Leave Lomas alone, get busy supporting our club and its manager or we are f*****, 3 games in people wanting to lynch the man, most of you ain't got a clue about him, it won't be lomas that sinks us it will be the negative bile that's coming from people around these forums and in the stands. Ffs Booing the team come on grow up after 3 games support your club don't wreck it.

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    • August 20, 2013 at 21:12
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      @mewall62: Mewall if we do sink as you say then I can not see comments made by us on this site taking us down, as far as I know none of us has any say in picking the first 11, or what tatics the team employ, but those of us that are either season tickets holders or choose our games that we go too actually pay the wages of the people who work for Millwall Holdings, and we are entitled to our opinion the same as you are.

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    • August 20, 2013 at 23:01
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      @mewall62: if I remember rightly no one booed the team on Saturday and if you remember people booed lomas for taking our three best players off, it's decisions like that that will ultimately sink us. I pay so I can say
      Who knows ? One of us will be rite but please don't think for one minute I ain't behind my team

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  • August 20, 2013 at 18:22
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    lomas treated him like s*** and i know because he a friend, he wanted 5k a week and offered that after pre season match with brentford, lomas has issue with nickys dad a scout at reading. lomas f*** off you mug i dont lie check my messages told you sunday, birmingham signing him

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  • August 20, 2013 at 18:28
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    Poxy!

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  • August 20, 2013 at 18:29
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    it's not a catastrophe move on.

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  • August 20, 2013 at 18:31
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    Stevie stevie stevie I think it's high time to stop the chit chat my olde son. Your at millwall now not w#*+€$m (excuse my french) you'll get away with the big talk there but here we like people getting on with their jobs and holding their hands up with no excuses. You can't f*** us and players about. I reckon you had every intention of signing him and no doubt dicker
    I can understand (just) Derry being here for a month but dicker ?
    You want a left winger, Martin is now fit and wether or not I like him but, you have DNG, did you not tell us to give him another chance?
    All the s*** talk about him and yet you haven't given him a chance yourself.
    Send em all out on season loans even if you have to pay 25 or 50% of the wage as I'm sure there'll be takers. If you want attacking fullbacks give mallone a runout. If you want the home form to change then put Robbo in as he'll get us going and won't let the defence falter.
    So far so s*** mr lomas
    Keep it shtum and crack on with the hard work you keep harping on about.
    F*** worrying about what players you want and deal with the ones you have.
    Good luck Saturday.

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    • August 20, 2013 at 20:53
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      @lukesmithmfc: welcome back. A voice I'm in tune to. Good holiday?

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      • August 20, 2013 at 22:28
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        @bonnie1272: Ello Bonn
        Wish I had one mate or should I say wish wall would come back from theirs.
        Shocking stuff aint it ?
        All these new better players and the same old s*** football.
        Why do we always have training ground injuries ?
        Fed up with this s*** bonn

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        • August 21, 2013 at 17:40
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          @lukesmithmfc: I are not alone and it's a wonder why nobody is fit. Clearly they weren't worked hard enough in pre season. I wish I had a job that lasts just 2 or 3 hours a day mate.

          Mind u I still wouldn't turn up on Saturday! Perhaps they've taken a leaf out of my book.

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  • August 20, 2013 at 18:37
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    you telling me that an england international who wants 5k a wk not worth a punt in lomas we fail billy bonds second coming

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  • August 20, 2013 at 19:21
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    I dont understand the response to this by some fans??? Have they not been paying attention?
    It was always said from day one that Shorey was only training here incase Lowry was sold or we suffered an injury crisis. It was also said that the chance of him being offered a contract even in those circumstances was not certain either.
    Thats been the story all the way through pre-season, from the club and the media, so why the surprise he has left now???
    Anyone who saw him play/train in pre-season knows that his legs have gone completely anyway, so whats the big deal?

    Lomas deserves some criticism for the start to the season, but not over this non story, that would just be ignorant.

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    • August 20, 2013 at 19:50
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      @Garrick: The surprise isn't that he's left but the fact he was here for so long before he left. Derry is another strange one, get him for a month and now say we have no cash to spare. If SL had won a couple of games nobody would be bothered but the fact is he has no points and no goals after three games, so every decision and every sound bite is now being questioned, and rightly so. But, and I sound like a stuck record (a disc for playing music on for our younger viewers), he still deserves more time to sort things out and hopefully we'll all be smiling in a few weeks.

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    • August 20, 2013 at 20:10
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      @Garrick: You are right this has always been said about Shorey, I am not too fussed we have not signed him, our only hope of someone going seems to be DNG a couple of clubs are interested, Derry coming in for a month makes sense as we need a holding midfielder but we can only sign him long term if at least one goes out SL may hope this happens during that month

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      • August 20, 2013 at 20:59
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        @Weller: which one are ya?

        D S or k?

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  • August 20, 2013 at 19:22
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    I cant understand why Lomas says we need rid of players and then brings in Derry, If he is trying to bed a new team why would you bring in someone who wont be here in a months time.

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    • August 20, 2013 at 22:56
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      @Eightieswall: I think he'd rather keep Derry and ship out Wright (and possibly Abdou), which makes sense to me, whether it works out like that we'll have to wait and see. As with Trotter's injury, you need a good squad and competition (as shown by Trotter's loss of form last year). Bailey, Chaplow, Trott's and Derry wouldn't be a bad four to choose from IMO. Personally, if we could afford it, I would keep Jimmy as he is a spoiler, unlike all the others.

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      • August 20, 2013 at 23:34
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        @Adsy77777: I agree with what you are saying, just think it would be hard to keep the 2 new centre mids and Derry and Trotter all happy with only 2 starting places up for grabs. I would imagine Bailey and Chaplow are his prefered choice as he signed them. I do think once the team gels we will be fine.

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        • August 20, 2013 at 23:42
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          @Eightieswall: IMO, with injuries, suspensions, loss of form, change of formation (5 or 3 across the middle?) you need at least 4 decent centre midfielders in this division. I hope they're not happy if they're not starting but at least it won't let them be complacent or have to play on through injury (which ever one was the problem with Trott's for most of last season).

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  • August 20, 2013 at 20:38
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    I'm sorry, but I honestly can't see what all the fuss is. SL certainly hasn't acted out of malice to Shorey or to the detriment of Millwall. It's a shame if Shorey was upset by the outcome, but sorry, that's the nature of football and it's gonna get even worse for out of contract players with the fair play rules. Initially, Millwall let Shorey train with us, it was also his chance to maybe earn a contract. I think he probably would have got one if someone had come in for Lowry or maybe Malone. Makes sense to me, get money in and get a cheaper replacement, all the better if it's an ex-England player (albeit 2 caps) with premiership experience. What can Lomas come out and say??? 'We wanted to sell Lowry before we took Shorey on'????? I don't understand why all this concern for Shorey, apart from the poster who's his mate. SL has acted in the best interests of Millwall and within what is financially possible until we get a few fringe players off the wage bill. It's now getting stupid, everything the poor fella does or says is up for criticism. I'm sure Shorey will get over it, like thousands of footballers before. Get behind your team!

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    • August 20, 2013 at 21:23
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      @Adsy77777: Well said Ads! Your right mate. The poor bloke can't take a p*** without people slamming him. Bout time the haters gave it up! Its boring now!

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  • August 20, 2013 at 21:23
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    I'm another who can't see what the fuss is about, he had a run out, didn't look over impressive and has stayed on to keep his fitness up. Still think SL needs to work out his best team from the players that he has and stick with it, a settled side will gel together and start to get results. Still fancy us to nick a win on Saturday COYL

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    • August 20, 2013 at 21:30
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      @Davey: I'm sure if we offered Shorey a deal whilst he was with us and another club offered him a better deal...................
      Generally, I think for the time being at least, the clue's in the titles - let the manager manage and let the supporters support!
      I hope you're right about the win Saturday!!!

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  • August 20, 2013 at 22:19
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    Honestly this is just a non-story, but gives certain people the excuse to fire more ammunition at SL. The next game is far more important than this. We need goals and points, I hope the team can deliver.

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  • August 20, 2013 at 22:56
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    "It was always said from day one that Shorey was only training here incase Lowry was sold or we suffered an injury crisis." - Who was it that said this? Or did I miss something? Far as I recall n one ever said that and especially Lomas. If he was "only training" then why play the bloke so often in friendlies - if Lowry was injured we have another player who wasn't and is a left back - Scott Malone. No logic in this from Lomas and a good percentage of the sycophants on here who speak as if Lomas is the new Messiah instead of just a very naughty boy who bullshits a lot.

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    • August 20, 2013 at 23:13
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      @Old_Les: As I understood he it, he was playing him in friendlies to see if he warranted a contract, Lowry was injured as you say, leaving Malone as the only left back he had. I'm only guessing, but if the interest in Lomas was true and he went, Shorey was a possible option. I don't think it's to much of a mystery.
      It's not sycophancy Les (I've got nothing to gain personally if he stays or goes); whether he was my choice or your choice is irrelevant. The man who pays the ultimately bills appointed him. I know as supporters we also pay the bills, but football isn't, nor should it be, a democracy. I'm sure when you were managing, you did it your way and were judged on the results given the resources. I'm sure also, that if you inherited a team that had stagnated or worse, you would need time to change it around and would hope to be judged after more than 3 games in. As a supporter, he is the Millwall manager at the moment, so I see the sense in supporting him and the team, at least for a reasonable period, until he's proved to be a muppet, the messiah or anywhere in-between. What's the alternative? Sack him after three games, pay up his contract and leave the 'new' manager with players he might not want and no budget? We'd be a laughing stock and rightfully so. All I want, and I'm sure all all of us want is what's best for Millwall, and at the moment I feel the best thing to do is get behind the manager and players in the hope that they turn it around.

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      • August 20, 2013 at 23:42
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        @Adsy77777:
        Spot on yet again mate.
        Less rant more support.

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      • August 21, 2013 at 10:36
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        @Adsy77777: I'll give you this - you're consistent and also so right when you say managers are judged on results. By your own logic thus far Lomas stands condemned especially when you add to his no wins, no goals, nil points record the manner of those defeats with it's complete lack of team cohesion and team spirit with bizarre positional selections and substitutions it doesn't bode well. Given these defeats and the facts around them as I have said above (IMO) please tell me what you think will happen to change that and also your reasoning and evidence.

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        • August 21, 2013 at 11:30
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          @Old_Les: Thank you Les, you're pretty consistent yourself. In answer to your question; it might not turn round; it might turn round, once Lomas knows the strengths and weaknesses of his players in a competitive match, once he finds balance within the starting eleven, even once we get a goal going in off someone's a***. That wasn't my point really. I think you can't judge a manager after just 3 league games; you might be concerned after 3 league games but you can't make a definitive call on his ability to do the job. We can't (won't, whatever you choose) realistically or fairly sack him after 3 games. Look how silly Blackburn looked last year! That's not to mention what it would cost to get rid of him and a new man in. The new man might want his own players and there's no budget left. Also, who would want the job with no manager and at a club who gave the last manager the sack after 3 games??? JB, as his right, appointed him and was convinced he was the man; whatever our thoughts are as fans, he was impressed by him; we're not going to sack him, he's not going to resign, it's too early to call (IMO) if he is the right man or not, but he stands a better chance of succeeding (which is surely what's best for us and the club) if we, for the time being at least, get behind him and the team. The alternative is to barrack the man and the team, making his job even harder and the chances of him turning it round even less, for however long it takes for him to be sacked or resign, by which time the club is deeper in the s***. I just think at the moment the only logical course of action is to support SL and the team until such time as he is proven, one way or the other, which to my mind is not after 3 games.

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          • August 21, 2013 at 13:50
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            @Adsy77777: Can't argue with the principle of that and ordinarily 3 games would be nowhere near enough to judge a manager. But with this bloke the signs are more than alarming and I fear by the time it's realised he's useless it'll be to late and we'll be en route to relegation. That might be extreme pessimism but far too many shaes of Spackman here for my liking allied with the Lomas talk that strikes me as so much b*******. He didn't inherit a bad squad - merely a squad that needed strengthening in the right places and he's had every chance to do that - result total confusion. No one would like to see the club succeed more than I do under Lomas or anyone else. But I'll tell you this after over 50 years of going down the Den I've almost had enough - call it apathy, old age, impatience, lack of buzz, the charltonification of the club, the ethnic cleansing of fans by Chapman and co - call it what you; like I've almost had enough

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          • August 21, 2013 at 14:34
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            @Adsy77777: this reply is to old les - we will never be charlton thank God! I think all Millwall fans feel disheartened at some points - its part of supporting Millwall! My recollection of the Spackman reign was that we played some decent football at the start but we couldn't buy a win, in the end the crowd got restless, the players lost confidence and the rest is history. You might be right Les, it might be happening again. I still think there's time to see what SL can do. Maybe the crunch will come October, November time. To do something now, would, IMO set the club on a downward slope in many respects. As for Lomas' interviews; he, understandably wants to build a rapport with the fans and prove he's not revenge for Avram. The best way to do it is results but in the absence of those, he maybe feels the need to explain himself, I don't know. Personally, it makes no odds to me, it's results by which he will stand or fall and I think decision time is not yet. Support him and if by a reasonable period he has not performed he will no doubt be on his way. I don't want anyone to be able to say its because we never gave him a chance! (sorry for the long posts fellas)

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    • August 20, 2013 at 23:36
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      l@Old_Les: old les keeps regaling us with his wisdom,punctuated with the odd f and c, if you are so clever and know all about football management [as you keep telling us] why are younot actually running millwall or some other club,instead of posting all your bile about sl,leave him alone to get on with his job.
      you are becoming a bore.

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      • August 21, 2013 at 10:27
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        @jim1222: Thank you for your less than riveting contribution - are you usually this dull? I suggest you first read your own statement and check your reasoning behind the use of your words "keeps regaling us" and "as you keep telling us" when I suggest you will find there is none. I would welcome your answer as to exactly how often I have mentioned football management in my own personal experience.

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  • August 20, 2013 at 23:20
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    I meant to say 'interest in Lowry NOT Lomas - sorry for the other errors too - trying to type too fast!

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  • August 20, 2013 at 23:39
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    i still say as iv said in the past the players need to look at them selves,sl didnt make the errors that led to goals against,or miss really good chances to score the players did. get real les

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    • August 21, 2013 at 10:30
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      @jim1222: Give me an honest answer - were the results of the first 3 league games a fair reflection of play? And did you see any evidence to suggest better things around the corner?

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  • August 20, 2013 at 23:43
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    @Adsy77777:
    Spot on yet again mate.
    Less rant more support.

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  • August 21, 2013 at 10:25
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    Shorey wasn't signed simply because the pot is empty. Lomas was banking on being able to offload in order to get new ones in.

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  • August 21, 2013 at 10:42
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    we can debate all day fact is we are bottom of league no points no goals. lets get it right lomas dont have a clue what next another loan signing

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  • August 21, 2013 at 11:03
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    Is it not about time we all stopped having a go at SL and each other. I'm as bad as anyone doing this,let's calm down for two weeks and see what happens then. JB is not going to sack the manager and I don't think he will resign. So let's all pull our horns in and all try and stick together

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    • August 21, 2013 at 12:07
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      @markbrowns: too right he wont resign, why would he nor would I in his place if JB every desides that he is not the man to move Millwall forward then he will have to pay him off, as you have said and I am as guilty as you if over the next two games (both hard away ones) then we can all look at it then.

      The only thing with that thou Mark is that if Satuardys game follows the same course as the first three, I and I am sure others will forget that we agreed with what you have posted today, but as I am saying for (I dont how many times) in the last three weeks I hope for his sake and more importantly our sakes he and the team get it right at the fourth time of asking.

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  • August 21, 2013 at 12:04
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    If Lomas can't get results from the existing 38 man squad then he clearly is not up to the job. Tough away games coming up so points unlikely. New manager by November I reckon. COYL

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