Ex-Blackpool frontman Taylor-Fletcher training with Millwall

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MILLWALL are running the rule over ex-Blackpool striker Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

The 32-year-old is available on a free transfer after seeing out his contract at Bloomfield Road and is hoping to win a move to the Lions during a week-long trial.

Given that Steve Morison has been ruled out for at least a month with a hernia problem, manager Steve Lomas could be tempted to bring in Taylor-Fletcher as short-term cover.



The forward had previously been training with Sheffield Wednesday this summer.

Meanwhile, Swindon could now step up their interest in Dany N'Guessan having offloaded strikers Andy Williams and Paul Benson to clear space in their budget for new arrivals.

Robins boss Mark Cooper said: "I think we're looking at someone who can play up front and someone who can play wide."

Alex Aldridge

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55 thoughts on “Ex-Blackpool frontman Taylor-Fletcher training with Millwall

  • August 27, 2013 at 08:11
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    Looks like it might be DNG out GTF in. Is that good or bad?

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    • August 27, 2013 at 08:16
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      @Profiler4: I think its bad mate DNG out yer but not to bring in GTF as old and as slow as no pulse

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      • August 27, 2013 at 08:27
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        @ke7187: thank you he is to slow what about ben marshall his available on a free transfer from Leicester

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    • August 27, 2013 at 09:49
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      @Profiler4: defo bad!!! Is ageing and has a poor scoring record for blackpoll. Can't understand why we a becoming a safe haven for the FLs unwanted.. Thought our priority was a decent right back? If we are light up front I'd prefer we kept DNG until winter window or aim to bring in a young hungry striker!!!

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  • August 27, 2013 at 08:38
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    I think we have all the players we need, SL needs to play them in the right position & maybe use some tactics & passing instead of by-passing our midfield which has quality, flair & ability. Over to you, SL.

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  • August 27, 2013 at 08:59
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    Welcome to the 30+ club!!! Another one for the future!!

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  • August 27, 2013 at 09:12
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    It's just a short term solution to moro's injury...not being funny but moro wasn't exactly firing on all cilinders so whatever he brings will be just as good

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  • August 27, 2013 at 09:12
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    What about trying Marquis up front as target man for McD and Co, it may not have worked last season but nothing up front worked after Jan. Now we have the personnel who would maybe benefit from his style of play. He may not be championship standard yet but IMO could possibly do a job short term and may improve with the better players round him. Also would make economic sense.

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    • August 28, 2013 at 09:08
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      @Sealion: He is on the same number of goals from open play as anyone else at the club.

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  • August 27, 2013 at 09:14
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    Keep DNG Maybe I am the only person on this board who thinks he is worth persisting with but he is quick and can play well on the wing, he is better than this TF that is for sure. What is Millwall turning into ? Its like a second hand car lot where old bangers are dressed up and passed off as reliable motors. Talk about Arfur Daley!

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  • August 27, 2013 at 09:15
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    Not really a move I'd be keen on I'd rather Stephen Hunt over GTF - in fact we might as well just keep DNG

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    • August 27, 2013 at 09:38
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      @TheBermondseyBomber: Marquis & DNG look to going, we need outs before before we can bring in, GTF is not bad,the fact he is still looking to play in the championship says alot, once DNG & M have gone it would make sense to bring GTF in on a short term IMHO, Hunt I think would be good but he is a LW and we do need to get a settled side soon as

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      • August 27, 2013 at 10:22
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        @Weller: the fact he's looking for a final pay day more like guaranteed he won't play every week so it's pointless - doesn't strengthen our side at all!

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        • August 27, 2013 at 11:57
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          @TheBermondseyBomber: Yes I agree does not strengthen the side but month or two cover for Moro seems Ok, cannot see more long term players coming in until four or five are moved out, when SL took over we had 19 apart from youth players in the squad you might argue that only 7 or 8 were worth keeping, mainly defence, so SL has not only got to put a new team together but a new squad! that is going to take time so the quality he has brought in have got to start performing, good signs at the week end but we must take it on over the next two games, Forde must come back quickly
          he is back in training, Bywater cannot catch or punch, shot stopper only, not enough COYL!

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  • August 27, 2013 at 09:38
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    Sometimes I watch Millwall and think even if we had Messi up front we wouldn't score. No delivery or final ball. GTF wont solve the problem. Really hoping these players begin to bond sooner rather than later so we're not playing catch up in February. COYL!!!!

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  • August 27, 2013 at 09:39
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    I'm not too sure if this is a good or a bad move but he is a clever player with premiership experience so maybe he would change the thought dynamic in a positive way.Agree with others he may be slow but a good player none the less.#COYL

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  • August 27, 2013 at 09:55
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    Not for me I'm afraid. Just had a look , his best goal return was for Lincoln where he averaged 1 in 3.
    Blackpool was roughly 1 in 7. So , he's not prolific by any means. Even if his build up/link play is incredible , I don't feel he'll add much to the squad. Thanks , but no thanks.

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    • August 27, 2013 at 10:18
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      @Block 8: Please don't tell me we're thinking of getting another Rob Hulse!
      I agree with Sealion that surely it would make more economic sence if we kept Marquis until Morro was fit again.

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  • August 27, 2013 at 10:22
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    Should we not read "out of contract" as "not wanted/no good anymore"?

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  • August 27, 2013 at 10:54
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    I don't think he would be bad cover for a month whilst Moro is out but don't want him long term. He's big and strong and holds the ball up well. If SL plays a 4-3-3 he may win a few in the air and feed the other two strikers. I say take a punt on a short term and see how he gets on, then sack him off once Moro is fully fit again.

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  • August 27, 2013 at 10:55
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    He's past it. Simply awful to think that he and Derry are in our beloved team. Buck your ideas up Lomas and deducted 10 years off the ages of players to bring in.

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  • August 27, 2013 at 10:56
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    GTF is a decent player.

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  • August 27, 2013 at 11:03
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    GTF scoring record 1 in 4, has Premiership experience and is surely better than we have in JM and DNG who I'm sorry are tried tested and failed. Yes GTF is a short term fix but that is what is required, pointless looking to the future if we end up in league 1.

    Think people need to let Lomas succeed or fail either way he is responsible for the outcomes. I think people need to cast their minds back to last season and the Hulse/Tyson fiascos and DNG and JM were part of the side they nearly got us relegated and lets not forget it wasn't Lomas who got us in that position but Jackett who I suported 100%.

    The squad is already looking stronger despite the results or more accurately individual errors. We are a work in progress and will hopefully get better (there are no guarantees in football) Lomas is assembling his squad the next step is to turn that squad into a team and sorry but that will take longer than 4 games.

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  • August 27, 2013 at 11:09
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    Give Aiden O'brien a go? Young and hungry, could be our next big star!

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  • August 27, 2013 at 11:14
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    I must say readin the post's above I do agree with a lot of you as I cant see what he will bring to the side, Lomas has got enough players in his squad and as the manager he needs to put together a side that first can stopp leaking goals and once he has got that right look at other areas of the side.

    All this loan activity is just a distraction from what should be happening at the training ground and on match days, the team does not look prepaired when we start a match and never looks balanced surley after 5 competitive games he must have some idea of his best side.

    Just get on with coaching this team into something that looks a bit like MILLWALL you have 2 hard away games this week even if we dont get results lets at least put in a good preformance at each of them , defend tackle and dont give the ball away cheaply, we dont need no players wanting to join us for there last payday, just get the ones here to produce performances.

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    • August 27, 2013 at 12:56
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      @Barnlion: good post barnlion in particular the leaking goals bit,none of the games we have played have been much good and although we didnt deserve to win them we didnt deserve to lose on football played,nearly all the goals against were individual mistakes in defence and we also missed good chances at the other end,that should have been taken also the goal keepers in all games pulled off some really good saves with a little more luck we could have 3/4 points,so my point is sl cannot be blamed individual mistakes but he must carry the can for not setting the team up correctly when they run out on the pitch.sl says hes up for the challenge of championship football and jb must have known sl lacked experiece,so took a bit of a chance appointing him,so what ever fans think of sl we need to get behind him or the confidence of the players could be damaged if fans keep knocking sl for every little thing that goes wrong.imo we will get away from the bottom of the table just as long as all the fans are positive and dont get on the backs of the players. oh yes if old les reads this i do think about what i write before i write hence no unwarrented abuse or swear words lol.

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  • August 27, 2013 at 13:31
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    I think a lot on here have very short memories and are becoming a bit snobby with the players we should or shouldn't have. 2013 results have been woeful for both Jacket and Lomas, the deference being that in Jacket 2013 tenure we had a mediocre league one team fighting for survival in the championship but in Lomas's tenure we have a championship side struggling to find form due to it being pretty much new team. Also, if we had a chance of signing GTF last season would we of been happy with that? Of course we f****** would of because we had been used to getting average league 1/2 or even non league players coming through the door so having an ex prem player coming in would of got us lot wetting ourselves. But now we have had the likes of McDonald, Bailey, Chaplow coming in we are getting all snobby and starting to sound like Watford fans saying "ooo no he ain't good enough coz he ain't italian."

    GTF is a sound player and player we should be looking at "WITH OUR BUDGET"

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    • August 27, 2013 at 17:12
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      @Windy: I think fans are happy with the signings and can understand it takes time to gel a side. The main problem regarding Lomas can be spelt out in three words Ex-West Ham

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  • August 27, 2013 at 13:34
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    This is a difficult one to comment on. Morison is out injured for at least a month and his recovery could be longer than that if he suffers a setback. The transfer window ends next week and we are down to 3 worthwhile strikers in the squad none of who are target men. Taylor-Fletcher is available and although his scoring record isn't prolific he has got both Premiership and Championship experience. He could be the ideal short term partner for Easter or McDonald in particular so I can understand why SL is interested in him. Having said that I certainly wouldn't want to see him offered anything more than a 3 month contract at the most.

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  • August 27, 2013 at 13:34
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    pensions r us

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  • August 27, 2013 at 13:54
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    Would happily drive DnG to Swindon !! Would like to see Paul Caddis in a swap deal very good right back ! Was a difference for Birmingham last year !

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  • August 27, 2013 at 15:25
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    Oi Lomas can you give my dad a trial?

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  • August 27, 2013 at 15:29
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    We need forwards who can score or create goals. Marquis and N'Guessan have had their chances, but how many league goals have they scored over the past two seasons? I'd off-load both at the first opportunity - to be honest I'd rather see one of the youngsters or even a midfielder up front than either of those two.

    I'm not sure about Taylor-Fletcher. We haven't had much luck taking on out-of-favour forwards. I'd rather see us save our money and take a risk on an ambitious & on-form player from the lower-leagues or conference. It might be hit and miss, but we hit gold with Harris and Morison.

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    • August 27, 2013 at 16:26
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      @Micky Lions: Taking a chance on a lower league player is worth it, some of Millwalls best players began their careers in lower leagues..Teddy Sheringham for a start, Trevor Lee, Phil Walker and some whose names I have forgotten. Rather a keen youngster than somoen who is at the end of their career.

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  • August 27, 2013 at 16:22
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    If Taylor Fletcher can hold the ball up (well) and is a target man (a proper one not like Hulse) then perhaps by signing him Lomas will have finally engaged his own brain. That is if he intends to persist with the hoof it up front tactics his tactical revolution has brought to the club. With a target man Steve the ball might just stick up there and if he is good at it other forwards (remember those midget ones we've been hoofing it u to) may be brought into effective play via flick on and lays offs. Just a thought. A good target man would also do Steve Morison the world of good on his return because we all know he isn't one and needs one alongside before we see his best. If Lomas wants to persist with a front three then I wouldn't mind seeing Morison TF and MacDonald in a front 3 and I wouldn't mind seeing Morison or Macdonald playing of TF in a front two. It would give sensible options and shape for different formations. But that all depends on if and how good a target man TF is because I don't have a fuckiing clue. Once that's sorted all Lomas needs is two full backs one for either side and a proper left winger but by the time the ginger burke has got his head on straight and tactics sorted it'll probably be Christmas and all we'll have to look forward to on Boxing Day is a shitty turkey sandwich and impending relegation with crowds of 1500. If Carlsberg did West Ham they'd do Agent Lonmas's but the c**** will never beat the fly past.

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    • August 27, 2013 at 16:30
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      @Old_Les: No thanks what's the point? Rather wait for Easter and Morison than have TF lumbering about. Look for a promising youngster even in the lower leagues.

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      • August 27, 2013 at 17:45
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        @Peckhamlad: If you bothered to read what I wrote you might see the point. It was about needing a target man and IF this bloke is a decent one then sign him - because it's what we need whatever formation Lomas prefers - because a target man would either fit into that formation or be a part of an alternative tactics (though I'm not sure Lomas knows what his first tactic is yet). All very well talking about promising youngsters but right no this club cannot afford to take those sort of chances - unless you sign one not to play or not to play yet. Two wins out the next 3 are the minimum requirement otherwise we are in big s***

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    • August 27, 2013 at 16:59
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      @Old_Les:
      I'm not sure he's a target man at all to be honest. He's 6ft , so , not the biggest or smallest of centre forwards. I'm still not even sure what SL tactics are yet. Does he want to play through midfield or by pass it ? His new recruits would suggest playing it through ?

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      • August 27, 2013 at 17:47
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        @Block 8: Sensible point and at 6' I see exactly what you mean - not exactly a giant is he. Though that's not critical if he's a player with good timing and positional sense. Bloke who was one of the world's best centre halves only a few years ago was 5' 10" s height isn't everything (thou8gh I daresay he was slightly a better player than GTF)

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    • August 28, 2013 at 08:48
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      @Old_Les: les a pal of mine at work who just happens to be a spammer has said that they are getting something put together for agent lomas lol, but your right mate they will never beat the fly past..

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  • August 27, 2013 at 17:51
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    Cant understand SL it seems most people on here can see it but he cant ,We dont want hasbeens or older past it players or other clubs cast offs we want younger keener hungry players to build a team for the future,considering the leeway JB has given SL to bring in this amount of players,we should be looking for a bright future instead we are pluging gaps and going no where, what players he has brought in are being played out of position,and the others arent up to it or injured.
    I think SL your out of your depth and you hoped an open purse and JB installed to much faith in you. you must have talked a great interview but you cant and havent delivered,time catching up with you and games running out.!!!!!!!..

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  • August 27, 2013 at 17:58
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    Can't understand all this enthusiasm about Easter. He plays at the top of midfield and hasn't got the ability to challenge a defence or make a bright run behind his marker and into space---Hardly ever scored for Palace and when we most needed him he was part of the attack that took us to the brink of relegation last season. Most of his work is "crowd pleasing" but results in little achievement.
    Inclined to agree with Les about Taylor Fletcher and hope he can win a ball in the air for our defenders like Beevers and Lowry that just want to punt long balls. If TF ain't better in the air than Morison, its poitless recruiting him really

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  • August 27, 2013 at 19:12
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    Ffs. Stop messing about lomas. One minute its you need to get players out then you're running the rule over yet another player. Just work with what you've got... sort out your best 11 and GET ON WITH IT !!!

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  • August 27, 2013 at 19:41
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    I cant see this team ever clicking whilst we have loan player after loan player filling voids because lomas cant get the best out of what he has already. Concerned of Bermondsey.

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  • August 27, 2013 at 20:53
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    Instead of keep wasting time on paying out for others cast offs, why dont we use the money to get a decent scouting network, to find the gems to make us a better team, and to make us some decent money when they want to move on.

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    • August 27, 2013 at 23:11
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      @Windsor Lion: To be honest, our scouting network seems questionable. When was the last time we recruited any real talent. We could do with looking to the blue square leagues like Swindon did when they brought in Charlie Austin. I understand these gems are few and far between but they are out there. Just have to try and find them but if thats all your job is, it shouldn't be too hard to do! These young lads in non-league always try twice as hard to impress too. Just have to get out there! But then again, this does mean beyond the M25 wall!

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    • August 28, 2013 at 09:22
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      @Windsor Lion: Windsor you are right, but as you know this will take time and should have already been in place before SL came onboard so he is not to blame, but we do need someone who can "ignite the team" and as you say i dont think many of the 30+ brigade that we have or who he is looking at will do that for us.

      If he is able to make 1 really decent signing before next Monday and he actually moves some of this over sized squad to pastures new, then he gets down to the coaching the team into playing to there strenghts (not sure what they are at the moment) but hopefully he and his coaching staff should know.The maybe we can salvage this season and end up in a better position than last term.

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  • August 27, 2013 at 20:57
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    Might as well get GTF...nothing to lose, things are not going our way as it is what the results
    and injuries. Somethings gotta happen.
    #boardofthisseasonalready.

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  • August 27, 2013 at 21:23
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    Bomber, get your boots on!

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  • August 27, 2013 at 23:41
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    Whether Lomas is up to the job or not only time will tell but I think we are one or two signings away from being a really competitive team in this division, not promotion contenders this season, but competitive nonetheless. A lot of posters are looking for full backs but at the risk of becoming a bore on the subject and after watching Saturdays goals again, we really do need a quality centre half (and Fordey back). If we keep giving contracts to players in their 30's who are generally in the last chance saloon it will cause us big problems in three or four years unless our new academy comes through in that time. GTF and his ilk are not the answer IMO.

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  • August 28, 2013 at 00:19
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    Patrick Bamford scored for MK Dons again tonight against Sunderland. We should be talking to Chelsea now about getting him on loan in January. Big future IMO, maybe not at Chelsea though.

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  • August 28, 2013 at 08:49
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    We are in south London arent we and not in eastbourne............ was just wondering lol

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  • August 28, 2013 at 09:09
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    I don't see what the problem is in having GTF on a weeks trial.
    Firstly, unless I'm mistaken, we don't pay players who are on trial. Secondly, his presence at the training ground allows the coaching staff to use him in attack formations, especially with the absence of Morison and the probability of Marquis and others going out on loan this week.
    Having sat back and looked at all the new signings we've made, I truly think we have acquired some very good players. The defence is now causing some concern but with Robinson back we technically have a stronger defence than we had last season. That's an argumentative point, but I can't see the point in signing new full backs or centre halves-even if we had the money- if our tactics are the use of long balls to short forwards or forwards who are not target men but better used running the channels. The ball needs to be threaded through from our defence and midfield, and what's the point in revamping the latter if we're not doing that ?
    In order to start getting results we need to play the ball on the ground. I can't see the reasoning in signing quality players, then playing them out of position or hoofing it up the pitch. Derry should be sent back. Not only to release some funds, but to allow Chaplow to play centre mid and we have Trotter back soon anyway.
    Lomas has got his work cut out to offload the deadwood before next week but the real issue is not 'ins' or 'outs' bet getting it right on the pitch with what we've got-which on paper-is one of the best team's we've had for a while.

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  • August 28, 2013 at 09:49
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    This guys been training with Sheffield Wednesday (who are not doing to we'll themselves) they've not offered him a contract. Along we come trying to snap him up, upshot all of sl buys have been freebies so he can't be totally blamed for how the season goes. SPEND money or have a s*** season... When was the last time we found a Jem ??? Who was good enough to sell?? Steve Morrison then before that I can't remember. Unlike years ago you could of listed an entire team of players who have gone on to do well such as: teddy Cahill hurlock carter Ruddock Kennedy cascorino Armstrong etc. I know wages is a dispute but don't expect anything when your not buying wanted players rather not wanted players. Rant over

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