Millwall boss hoping to strengthen once loan window opens

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STEVE Lomas has confirmed Millwall will now look to the loan market after failing to bring in any new players on transfer deadline day.

The Lions extended QPR midfielder Shaun Derry's loan until January 1 and allowed Dany N'Guessan to move to Swindon Town on a free transfer as the August window closed on Monday evening.

But Football League clubs are able to make loan signings again from next Tuesday, and Lomas is already exploring who may be able available on a short-term deal.

Premier League sides were required to name their 25-man squads for the first half of the season last night, and those who have been left out will be targeted by Championship managers.

Lomas said: "We're hoping we can do something but I haven't got anyone lined up. There are quite a few irons in the fire, but coming to Millwall may not be a lot of their first choices.

"I'm not saying that's right, I think if you look at it, Millwall has been a great, great club for loans. Look at Harry Kane, who had his most successful spell here on loan, and Andros Townsend too, players like that who have kick-started their careers here.

"If young players can come and play at Millwall, they can play anywhere. It would be a great club for them."

Lomas had been planning to keep N'Guessan in his squad as a fifth striker, but admitted that would have been a luxury he cannot afford.

"It's not possible when you're trying to bring new additions in," he said. "Monday was more about trying to get people out.

"You've got to wheel and deal when you've got nothing left in the pot – and I am respectful of the budget."

N'Guessan's exit, brought about by the termination of his contract at The Den by mutual consent, freed up some space in Millwall's wage bill, but it is unclear whether that money has been spent on Derry's extension.

Meanwhile, Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade was in the stands as John Marquis scored twice for the Lions' U21s in a 3-2 defeat to Bristol City on Monday.

Slade enquired about signing Marquis on loan two weeks ago.

Lomas said: "In an ideal world John needs to go out and play, but we've got Jermaine Easter and Steve Morison in the treatment room, and Andy Keogh's got a tight groin, which we're hoping isn't going to be a problem.

"We've got our fingers crossed that David Forde doesn't do anything to his knee whilst he's on international duty with Ireland."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

108 thoughts on “Millwall boss hoping to strengthen once loan window opens

  • September 5, 2013 at 10:13
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    I would love to know how we will afford any new loan players wages with 29 players in the first team squad at this time, we must have a very large wage bill for a club of our size and with the start we have had the turnstiles are doing less business now than the opening fixture.

    He will need to work hard to move the ones that IHO are not good enough for this league, but during the tranfere window he had hardly any success in moving players on, lets hope he has more luck in the laon window.

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    • September 5, 2013 at 10:37
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      @Barnlion: If only DNG has gone, like you say our wage bill must still be very high, so how can we afford loan players? Also, surely some of those on our books can't all be holding long term contracts? Can't we just release players who run out of contract. Most other clubs seem to be doing that.

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      • September 5, 2013 at 10:43
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        @Profiler4: you know who would know this information Profiler Mr Lomas so lets hope his maths is good enough. as a squad of 29 in this league and with our income is far too large for us to sustain.

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        • September 5, 2013 at 12:50
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          @Barnlion: I remeber one season we had terrible luck with injuries must be about 6 years ago we used 44 different players in that season so on that basis 29 isnt a huge squad - I would argue that we need to have a deep squad just not full of the poor quality we currently have!

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          • September 5, 2013 at 13:38
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            @TheBermondseyBomber: I do agree with your sentiment Bomber, but I hope that you would agree that there are several in that squad that probably wont figure this season and also are just not good enough at this level at the moment and there are others will never be good enough for this level.

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    • September 5, 2013 at 10:40
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      @Barnlion: Typo' Transfer Loan sorry

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  • September 5, 2013 at 10:33
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    Some very odd comments from Lomas and he is now starting to use excuses for his own inadequacies.
    Firstly it appears he bought a number of players in without really having any plan to get some out.Bringing players in and also getting them out is all part of a managers job and he doesnt seem to have put much thought into outing players.
    His treatment of N'Guessan for instance where he went against the Den crowd at the friendly by clapping him gave N'guessan the feeling he had a future. What should have happened right from the start is that he made it very plain that you've got no future here and you are damaging your career by staying because I wont play you.
    His article the other week about not being sorry he came here is insulting to the club and he shouldn't have said anything. Now all this coming to Millwall won't be players first choice is irrelevant--Lomas you are their to represent the club positively you mug. Grow up Steve and start acting like a proper manager--Stop manufacturing excuses and playing the hard done by. We can already see through you and that ain't good

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    • September 5, 2013 at 13:45
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      @lioncall: you either dont like lomas or you have a warped way of looking at issues concerning millwall.as for his plan for getting rid of players,lomas didnt bring them to millwall jacket did and if no club wants those players its not sl fault is it.try thinking before writing.

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  • September 5, 2013 at 10:40
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    Did he really say "irons in the fire"! So much for being ex West Spam.

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  • September 5, 2013 at 11:17
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    The likes of O'Brian, Marquis, Saifa, Onyedinma & Bender shouldn't be a problem in shifting out as they are on low wages and IMHO offer a top conference side or L2 team good value just like Jake Goodman who's gone to Luton for a season loan. Lomas has already said that the young players need first team football so some of them may well be loaned short term. But they ain't going to free up too much many if they were to be loaned. The likes of Wright & Smith are the biggest problem and i dont want to state the obvious but they ain't championship quality and need to drop a level or 2 to get regular football. Both of them have got to be on 5k+ and that's a big problem for L1 or L2 side due to their FFP regs. But i am just playing football manager here and it clearly not as simple as that. Lomas will just have to wheel and deal in this market as he has in the perm market which has impressed most of us. I have no doubt he will bring in a couple of kiddies from the Prem. RB, LW and maybe another forward being his priority......

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    • September 5, 2013 at 11:18
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      @Windy: 'Money' not 'many'

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    • September 5, 2013 at 11:27
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      @Windy: there are a few others he seems to not want to play Osbourne,Malone and Abdou all on good money for the good of the players and Millwall try to find them new clubs even if it means paying part of their wages

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      • September 5, 2013 at 11:48
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        @markbrowns: Agree with the others apart from Malone, although Malone's attitude on twitter before and after the BHAFC game wont endear him to SL!

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        • September 5, 2013 at 12:53
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          @Windy: what was he saying on Twitter? missed that.....

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          • September 5, 2013 at 13:22
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            @TheBermondseyBomber: I think he may of taken it down, but they where in reference to Lomas saying that there are players that have gone stale in the club and Woolfords attitude should be commended and is a 'Shinning Light' for other fringe players looking to work their way into the first team. There was a few niggly remarks in response to Lomas's post match interview at Brighton, nothing serious but a bit poor coming from a pro footballer.

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  • September 5, 2013 at 11:29
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    Not enough out for me, cheers KJ for your legacy, were ramed out with deadwood until contracts run out, we can't give players away on frees either it's will kill us, lower leagues is the only option take what we can get and cut our losses and wage bill.

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  • September 5, 2013 at 11:42
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    Lets wait and see how we perform against Derby before any knee jerk reactions, there should be enough quality in the squad to get a result(win), if and when Moro returns at his best we should then see better performances throughout the team,I am still optimistic we can achieve mid table with the players we have got.
    Roar Lions Roar.

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  • September 5, 2013 at 11:51
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    and he let shorey go ffs

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    • September 5, 2013 at 13:50
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      @thepromiselandbeckons: There weren't many Championship clubs queuing up for Shorey and he ended up at Bristol City, so he can't be that good.

      There's still too much deadwood at the club, but we've yet to see if Lomas hasn't just added to the problem.

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  • September 5, 2013 at 12:08
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    Uh Oh, beware of the "a few irons in the fire" statement. I think we have heard this one before, sounds like defeatist Spackman talk right there. An attacking RB and a target man who can hold the ball up and offer some composure to the front line please Lomas (and no that's not our blessing to play long ball cack!).

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  • September 5, 2013 at 12:53
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    Abdou, Wright, Smith are just three contracted players that presumably Lomas would like to move on. There may be others, but I've just listed those as an example.
    A squad of our size is simply not sustainable for a club like Millwall. Not on gates circa 12,000 let alone 10,000 should results not go our way.
    These players are on contracts and are on championship wages. It then becomes a choice of wanting to play regularily for less money in League one or two, or continue taking the money and only making the bench when injuries force such a managerial decision. What do they do ? Obviously, none of them have demanded a transfer to force the issue and we can't afford to pay-up to cancel contracts for everyone Lomas doesn't want. I really can't see how we can bring in players on loan unless Lomas sits these players down and tells them they're no longer part of his plans because a squad of 29 plus loans coming in only adds up to major financial problems. Put simply, these contracted players have to go. I have no idea how you make players go if they want to stay.

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    • September 5, 2013 at 13:31
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      @NICKOLA: Nic you have the same opinion on this as I do, but even if he manage's to get the 3 players you mention or maybe a couple more and he brings loan ones in, he will have reduced the wage bill, but not by the amount if he just move the 3 on.

      As you know even with loan players we still have to pay a percentage of there wage that there parent club are paying them, so we could only be moving on one & a half players in money terms so we will still be up that creek with out a paddle.

      To achieve this he needs to start getting results (easy said I know) and getting us moving up the table, hopefully playing good football so that we are giving the casual punters a good product which they mite want to come back to see some more, this way he may start to more money freed up by JB from the incresed gate money that I hope happens, but this needs to havw started by the end of this month with the next 3 games.

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      • September 5, 2013 at 13:46
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        Valid points. However, if we do start moving up the table then that would presumably be with the players Lomas has brought in. That leaves the three I previously mentioned-as examples- not playing first team football and therefore not in the shop window. Nobody seems to want them now, who's going to want them if they're playing in the reserves? In either case, if they don't want to go I still can't see how you can force them out.
        Even if the gates to go up, and I'm sure that Berylson and Ambler have done the maths, and were banking on gates around 14,000 from the outset anyway. Historically, that attendence is good for Millwall. Outside of big cup games, it's rare we get into those figures. Dropping down to 10,000 is going to be a huge problem. especially with 29 plus new players.

        @Barnlion:

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        • September 5, 2013 at 13:56
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          @NICKOLA: You are not getting any argument on that one Nic, and lets hope we are both right when comes to the crowd increasing eh.

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          • September 6, 2013 at 14:21
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            @Barnlion: Does anyone honestly think that Ambler or JB would have done their calculations on 14000 attendance per week? Never going to happen and they can't be that stupid. And how come there are so many experts on this page who know what the budget is and that 29 players is too many. Some of these players are youth players with their first contracts, so not on much, and to stay in this league you need to have depth with quality and that's not what we have. Smith is a better option than Dunne at RB, and if Jimmy and Josh are happy staying at the club as bench warmers that says more about them and we will just have to put up with it while their contracts are current. If anyone thinks that it is easy moving crap on, then they are in cloud cuckoo land, so give SL, JB et al some credit that they are trying hard to get them out as well as strenghtening the squad, albeit with loaners. A lot of prem teams do exactly that.

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  • September 5, 2013 at 13:25
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    To be honest, I think the next step should be securing Henry, Forde and Trotter's futures at the club. That's if Trotter has one, I half expected him to leave this window, until he was injured. We will get pennies for these guys in Jan, with 6 months left on their deals. When they are on form they are easily the better players in this league.

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    • September 6, 2013 at 14:23
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      @Joemillwall: Not sure you want to secure Henry, we should sell this overated player and get some money for him.

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  • September 5, 2013 at 13:41
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    I am a non-violent person but i wouldn't mind seeing a few Irons in a fire...

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  • September 5, 2013 at 13:47
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    They say a week in politics is very long so is a week in football. Last Saturday Millwall may have given their best performance so far this season against Brighton, having a player sent off managed to come away with a point. When Trotter and Morison are back fully fit there will be more options available and hopefully the team will beging to take better shape and improve. It's improving the teams play and performance that is a priority, there is a tendency to focus on individuals not the team as a whole. Another full back would be handy and I am sure there are young talented players at lower levels looking to break into the league, is that not where Millwall need to look?
    Derby will be a testing game and will be a benchmark for the manager. I hope we will see the beginnings of a change of fortunes not only for the team and club but just to shut up the persistent moaners on this board.

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    • September 5, 2013 at 14:15
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      @Peckhamlad: You're a persistent drip. What are you saying? Are you saying people shouldn't make observations on poor performances from team and manager because if they do they are "moaning." Five games played, three defeats including two at home against (with not disrespect intended) two of the perhaps poorer sides in this league (though they were better than us) and a total of two points along with a place second from bottom. Explain why supporters shouldn't complain (or as you say moan) about that and while you're at it perhaps you could also explain, from your higher than mine knowledge of a football match, exactly what is so good about the league record so far.

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      • September 5, 2013 at 14:51
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        @Old_Les: With all due respect you seem to lose sight of where Millwall ended up last season and the very difficult job SL has to do to turn it around. It will take more than five games on the limited resources the club has. You cannot suddenly "magic up" a winning side it will take many more games before we see an improvement. Whether SL can do that or not only time can tell. I hope so otherwise we are going to struggle to stay in the chamionship.

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        • September 5, 2013 at 16:19
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          @Peckhamlad: "It will take many more games before we see an improvement." We'll be relegated by that thinking. Lomas so far is ailing - he inherited a decent back 5 from last season (inc 'keeper) and has brought in Morison, Martin, MacDonald, Chaplow, Bailey and Derry plus Easter as well as there being other decent squad players. The new faces alone are certainly not "limited investment" and we are entitled to expect a little better than we''ve seen. The buck stops with management in any sphere and it's time Lomas got his finger out his a*** and lived up to his big words pre season.

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  • September 5, 2013 at 13:58
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    Lomas said: "We're hoping we can do something but I haven't got anyone lined up. There are quite a few irons in the fire, but coming to Millwall may not be a lot of their first choices. Positive approach and thinking, nice one Steve!? doh

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    • September 6, 2013 at 03:16
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      @WestKentLion: funny lots of fan want straight talking from the manager,when he does people dont like it.remember it was sl who convinced chaplow to sign when he could have gone to another club,he also got young freddie to sign when bigger clubs were sniffing around so perhaps being straight with the facts might be a good thing.

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  • September 5, 2013 at 14:21
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    Is Harry Kane is tottenhams 25 man squad?

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    • September 5, 2013 at 15:46
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      Not on there web site, they have 24 named and 3 who are on loan @MillwallLad123:

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      • September 7, 2013 at 16:43
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        @Barnlion: he's under 21 so doesn't have to be named but can be used

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  • September 5, 2013 at 15:42
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    I believe we should be looking at the lower leagues to bring these players in on loan. The fact is, they will have a point to prove, will be hungry to impress and above all else will be used to the lower wage. If not the lower leagues, maybe we can look furtger a field. I'd be inclined to venture into eastern Europe. The likes of Sweden, Finland, and Denmark must have an abundance of young talent waiting for a big break in English football. They have to be out there, not a lot of talent in this country anymore as Greg Dyke mentioned yesterday! I believe he has a damn good point and have to agree with him!

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    • September 5, 2013 at 15:46
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      @kempo_123: Lets face it, when was the last time you saw a Premiership side recognise any talent from this country apart from Rooney signing for Man Utd years ago. Yeah, there are good players here but none of them are outstanding. Even the likes of Charlie Austin would look out of his depth in the Premiership! Theres not a lot about!

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      • September 5, 2013 at 15:48
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        @kempo_123: We need to find another bomber or look elsewhere, if Billy Sharp was worth anything, he would have been playing elsewhere by now! He's OK but is he a 20 Championship goals a season? I think not!

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      • September 5, 2013 at 15:56
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        @kempo_123:Kemp what about Bale going to spurs/ Walcott & Chamberlin to Arsenal, Baines at Everton, Parker from the Nigles to Chelsea, DNG to Millwall, Phil Jones at utd and many more I cant be bothered anymore.

        At least that's something both Lomas and all of us need not worry about.

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        • September 5, 2013 at 17:19
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          @Barnlion: with the exception of bale, none of them set the world on fire do they! Lets face it, if the current England call ups were any good, they would have won a major by now surely! They are our best players and still only average on the world stage!

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      • September 5, 2013 at 16:01
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        @kempo_123: jay rodrigues or however you spell his name from burnley to southampton, carl jenkinson from charlton to arsenal, beckford from leeds to everton, chamberlin from southampton to arsenal walcott from southampton to arsenal so it does happen

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        • September 5, 2013 at 16:06
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          @banksy: Banksy, cant you take off the bit about that P*** who left leeds to go to Everton and never made it (where is he now who cares) i do know but its for effect, all the rest great.

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        • September 5, 2013 at 17:20
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          @banksy: F****** beckford??? Do me a favour!

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    • September 5, 2013 at 18:21
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      @kempo_123: You make a very good point, there must be dozens of youngsters in lower leagues and abroad who are talented just hoping to break through. I am just old enough to remember Benny Fenton turning down a boy called Kevin Keegan over wages and where did Teddy Sheringham come from? Non league Dartford I think. Cost Millwall zilch.

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      • September 5, 2013 at 21:31
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        @Peckhamlad:
        We signed Teddy as a school boy from Leyton and Ilford.

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        • September 6, 2013 at 11:30
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          @Block 8: I can remember TS playing for an amateur youth team he was quickly signed by Bob Pearson for the Millwall youth team.

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  • September 5, 2013 at 16:46
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    One player I've been surprised hasn't had more interest in terms of a move or loan move is Jimmy.
    I think his days playing in the Championship are numbered but without doubt could do a job in league 1 / 2.
    Personally, I'd be gutted to see him go as he has been a loyal Millwall servant for many a season, but don't see him fitting in this team anymore.

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  • September 5, 2013 at 17:10
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    Does he plan on payin for em with monopoly money or something?

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  • September 5, 2013 at 19:20
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    Get it right? No injury prone sick notes!

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  • September 5, 2013 at 19:45
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    The squad Lomas has assembled should be good enough to ensure Millwall continue to be a championship team.
    If we can't move on the players he has earmarked, then so be it. It just means no loans coming in unless Berylson ups the ante.
    Time to accept that.

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  • September 5, 2013 at 21:18
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    I'm sure the board will put an abrupt stop to all transfer activity when and if we get near the mark financially. So if the loan market is our only option and it's actioned , so be it. As for attendances , we'll have 11000 tops for the Derby game. We'll have 14500 for the Leeds game which includes 5000 of the once a season brigade. That will not be enough to cover JB's 14000 requirement. Sooner rather than later , our transfer activity will stop.

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    • September 5, 2013 at 21:41
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      I think your prediction is spot on.
      I still think that with the signings that have been brought in we should be ,on paper anyway, good enough for mid-table at least. The midfield and attack looks capable and the defence needs confidence. That will solidify us ready for next season and then we can become a force. When the contracts are up for the players that are not in the plans, they can be moved on and then, and only then, can new players be brought in. To bring in new players on loan will only serve two purposes. One, it will p*** off those that are never going to make the 18 squad- with the problems that creates internally- and secondly adds to an already over the budget wage bill. I just can't see how new players can be brought in until old players are gone. We can't have a squad of 33 players for example. I mean that's enough for 3 teams let alone the Academy. It's ridiculous.

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    • September 5, 2013 at 22:52
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      @Block 8: 'Once a season brigade' - zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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      • September 6, 2013 at 07:59
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        @lion.ie:
        Sorry , have I hit a personal nerve ? No offence to you personally if you fall into my generic , once a season brigade statement. Just my opinion which I base on attendance rises for big games. What other conclusion could I possibly come to ?

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    • September 6, 2013 at 08:32
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      @Block 8: 8 before I start I am a season ticket holder, every one can not get to all the matches due to one commitment or the other, others can not afford to go to all the matches so pick the games that they can afford to see.

      If as you say the Derby game has 11000 and Leeds 14500 then at least that is some more money into the clubs coffers and as they say every little helps. I have said this before if the product that we are selling is good enough then people will come, as we all know that there are a lot of fans out there who used to be supporters of Millwall and I am sure they would return when we get it right on the pitch.

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      • September 6, 2013 at 10:19
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        @Barnlion:
        I completely agree with you. I'm not taking a swipe at those who don't regularly , just commenting on what I've experienced or expect to see. Its a free country , each to their own. If you wanna go , go. If not , don't.

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        • September 6, 2013 at 10:28
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          @Block 8: 8 The same hymn sheet then, always nice that is.

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          • September 6, 2013 at 11:19
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            @Barnlion:
            It's a vicious circle. People don't go cos we're sh#t. We'll stay sh#t if people don't go. What's the solution ?

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          • September 6, 2013 at 11:59
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            @Block 8 Dont know what needs to be done,I just think that we have got too much history that we are never let to forget ,so that is a big part of us not getting better gates, but we always get bad press, other clubs have more things happen than us, look at the 2 Bristol clubs not much coverage on that.

            Anyway drink more so we look better but not that p*** they sell at the den that is flat by the time you actually get it.

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  • September 5, 2013 at 21:25
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    Does anyone know when the contract's of the deadwood players are up?
    Who could possibly leave at the end of the season?

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    • September 5, 2013 at 21:56
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      Jack Smith and James Henry have contracts that expire June 2014.
      Abdou and Wright have contracts that expire June 2015.
      That's all I could find out.

      @bermondseylion:

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      • September 6, 2013 at 11:28
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        @NICKOLA:

        Thanks Nickola.

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  • September 5, 2013 at 21:35
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    If Lomas is thinking of getting a new right-back then why not try Derry at right back in a u-21 game(I think 3 over 21 players can play in them games) to see how good he is in that position now trotter's back to full fitness. If Lomas play's Derry at RB then he can always move him up into CM if he want's to play more defensive football or change formation from 4-4-2 to 4-5-1.

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  • September 5, 2013 at 21:37
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    Surely we only need a RB now the Prem squads are named they will be wanting there young platers to go out on loan and probably pay the majority of there wages DNG gone, Marquis wanted, this RB loan should now happen, the unwanted players can be moved out gradually over the season

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  • September 5, 2013 at 22:45
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    Why is the expectation for Lomas so complicated from certain posters on here? Loads of posters continuing to s*** off KJ, but we didn't go down last year, even with the so called 'deadwood'. Yes KJ got it badly wrong in 2013 and Hulse and Tyson must be amongst the worst signings in our history. But he signed Wood and it was that run of games undefeated before Wood went that kept us up.
    Go back and look at the squads that we have had that KJ have kept in this division, some players there are the true definition of 'deadwood'.
    Lomas has been given licence to assemble a squad better than we have had for years, with players like Morison, Chaplow, McDonald, Bailey, Derry added to Forde, Shittu, Henry, Keogh, Robbo and some lesser talented players. So even if he signs nobody else he has no reason to complain.
    For me it is simple, this season he has to do better than KJ has done in the last two seasons and then he has to move us up to a top ten/twelve side next season.
    With this squad we should finish comfortably around lower mid table this season but to achieve this he needs wins and needs them very soon.

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  • September 5, 2013 at 23:23
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    Not to be negative, but who would want to come to us in the immediate future? I agree we definitely need both fullback first team/cover, while i love Mr Dunne he can be a liability at times with his 'over-exhuberance'. I was thinking about who could come in and do a job, the only one i could think of who is un-attached would be Chris Baird - formally Fulham & Southampton, good engine, decent defender, good delivery & strike. Couldn't even begin to think what loanees might want to come??? Watched the U21's tonight and John Stones (Everton) @ RB looked decent but would he want to come to us?

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    • September 6, 2013 at 08:10
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      @SchoolboyError: Theres no reason why any one wouldnt want to come to us? over the years weve had andros townsend, harry kane, joe mason, adam smith, chris wood, geogre saville, puncheon, chaplow, benik afobe, ryan allsop, nathan baker and shane lowry, so really millwall would be an ideal choice for a premier league youngster looking to find some game time or help his development

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      • September 6, 2013 at 20:58
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        fair comment banksy, when you reel them off like that it does appear we have had players that have gone on to start to break into prem teams, along with a couple of permanent acquisitions in our team. My concern would be that most (if not all) those players were the result of Mr Jackett, who is well liked & renowned amongst his other fellow managers and fostered relationships with them over the course of many years - they were willing to let players come here based solely on the fact it was Kenny Jackett. I just don't think SL has the contacts to get decent prospects onboard at the moment. I would like nothing more then to be proved wrong, I love my club and don't want to seem negative!

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  • September 6, 2013 at 09:38
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    Why on earth do people go on about us signing Billy Sharp? He's on £18,000-£20,000 a week and Southampton are insisting any club who wants him on loan will have to pay the full whack. End of!!!

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  • September 6, 2013 at 12:09
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    Liam Lawrence is going free!

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      • September 6, 2013 at 15:06
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        @westlion: Played for Stoke Sunderland and Pompy as well as POAK in Grecce and lower league sides 420 first team starts and 80 goals in that time will be 32 in December goal raio 1 every 5.25 games, sounds just the sort we like to sign.

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    • September 6, 2013 at 16:22
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      @Big Millwall: IMHO we do not need any more wide players, Henry,Feeney Chaplow RM Woolford, Martin,Malone LM all for two spots just RB needed

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  • September 6, 2013 at 14:53
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    When does the contracts of Wright, Abdou, Smith etc end? These players p*** me off, they know theyre not good enough! if they dont want to leave the club they should first change their attitudes and start improving their footballing skills, training day in, day out. They should be working their B*llocks off!

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    • September 6, 2013 at 15:21
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      @Dazi: How can you say Jimmy Abdou does not work hard he is one of the hardest working players on the pitch even if he does lack some skills. It's too easy to criticise, how do you know they are not working hard in training?

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  • September 6, 2013 at 17:30
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    AGREED JIMMY WILL RUN ALL DAY . AS FOR THE REST IF THEY ARE WORKING HARD IN TRAINING IT AINT ON DEFENDING SET PIECES FOR F*** SAKE!!!

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  • September 6, 2013 at 17:59
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    Agreed Jimi will run all day and it's a shame he can't take the ball with him. Bloke would be premier league standard if he could head a ball, score now and then with a shot that hit target and pass to someone on his own side.

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  • September 6, 2013 at 19:57
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    Yeah, let's all s*** Jimmy Abdou, player of the season a couple of years ago and now 'not up to this level'. Not to mention sticking by us last year when we were in deep sh*te despite his son being treated for leukemia back home in France.
    Yeah, we might have better players now but he still doesn't deserve this moronic and far from constructive crap.

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    • September 6, 2013 at 20:27
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      @lion.ie: Couldn't agree more Lion.ie! Done well for us for a few years now. Not sure he is what we need right now but it would be a disgrace to just fob him off to league 1 or 2! Shouldn't worry too much about Old Les's comments! He changes his mind every week and is just a whiney moaner! I say to keep the faith with Jimmy! It would appear Old Les doesn't appreciate him "This week" but his link up play is first class. He finds the space well and doesn't keep running into danger!

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      • September 6, 2013 at 20:53
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        @kempo_123: I feel a great deal of loyalty to Jimmy but I have said for many seasons that his ball retention is poor and it doesn't seem to improve. To play him the other midfielders have to be able to retain possession and make up for that lack in his game. Totally agree that he has been loyal but honestly believe his time may be up.

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        • September 6, 2013 at 21:05
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          @glyngo: Fair comment Glyngo! To be fair, you are right in what you say! Just be a shame to see him go but like you say......He doesn't really fit into SL plans which is fair enough!

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      • September 6, 2013 at 21:11
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        @kempo_123: Jimi's link up play isn't first class and never has been. Stop talking out your a***

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        • September 6, 2013 at 21:47
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          @Old_Les: Haha! Theres the bite! Yawn! Stretch Yawn! Another insult to a fellow fan who gives an "opinion" Moan! Whinge! Moan! You need to change your approach to this site! Its a chance to say what you think, not a snipe at every other wall fan! Take a day off mate!

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          • September 7, 2013 at 11:18
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            @kempo_123: Pot kettle black, And how's it a bite, moan or whine?. I simply reiterated an opinion on Jimi Abdou - an opinion that has been constant for the last 3 seasons, and also appears to b agreed with on here under various excuses In fact you appear to though you hide it under "doesn't fit in SL's plans.". I think you must have taken a course in exaggeration and invention and need to find a touch of consistency.

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  • September 7, 2013 at 10:33
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    Wright, Osborne and Malone needed to go to get money for loans. No way we'll we have enough for 2 or 3 payers on loan if we don't let the likes of O'Brien,Bender, Oyedinma and Gerrar go out on loan. Then we should get atleast 3k for a PL kid. Preferably a RB or ST.

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  • September 7, 2013 at 11:15
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    I am looking forward to the day Fred Oyedinma plays for the first team, he has impressive talent. I see little reason to panic at moment Liam Trotter will be back in contention along with Bailey, Chaplow and possibly Derry we have the makings of a strong midfield. Jimmy Abdou, Liam Feeney are no slouches and always give 110% on the field. Morison and Easter will return and McDonald . There is Josh Safia the U21 right back who has yet to make his mark. So I am very optimistic about the future. Onwards and upwards.

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  • September 7, 2013 at 13:20
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    GOTTA GET INVOLVED HERE ABOUT JIMMY.HAS BEEN A GREAT SERVANT FOR OUR CLUB. BUT A SQUAD PLAYER NOW AT BEST. IF WE CAN MOVE HIM ON AND GET A RB ON LOAN DONT THAT MAKE SENSE. YOU LOT ARE QUICK TO DIG OLD LES. SOMETIMES HE IS BANG ON . GET OF HIS CASE . THIS SITE IS ABOUT OPINIONS, WHICH WE ARE WITHIN OUR RITES TO EXPRESS.

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    • September 7, 2013 at 14:04
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      @DiggerWall: I actually agree with a lot of what Les says but not always the way it is said. That aside, I started the defence of Jimmy above and I have no problem with constructive opinions about players limitations, I have given mine on Shittu more than once. What annoys me is when posters come on and tell players that have been good for us to 'p*** off' e.t.c.. It happened with Fordey in the summer when a newspaper linked him to another club and it has happened to others since. Save the vitriol for the N'Guessans of this world. As for questioning Jimmy's attitude, it beggars belief and Jack Smith hasn't got a lot to prove on that score either.

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      • September 7, 2013 at 14:13
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        @lion.ie: I KNOW WHAT U R SAYING MATE.WE ARE FICKLE LOT AT TIMES. I JUST THINK JIMMY MAY BE A LITTLE OUT OF HIS DEPTH NOW. I LOVE HIM TO BITS. MAY BE TIME TO MOVE HIM ON ,WITH ALL OUR BEST WISHES.

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        • September 7, 2013 at 14:24
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          @DiggerWall: IMO it's useful to have players like Jimmy in the squad as back up, a luxury we probably can't afford, but I agree that if he can get a good move that helps us strengthen where needed it's probably best for all parties.

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  • September 7, 2013 at 14:10
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    Bamford scores again so go get that loan bid in for after Xmas Lomas!

    N'Guessan caught offside three times in his first 15 minutes on Swindon debut as sub.

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  • September 7, 2013 at 16:47
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    Bit of gossip- Millwall are tracking Jazz Richards, a 22yr old full back on Swansea's books, and trying to get him on loan. It's reported that 2 other champioship clubs are also in the hunt.

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    • September 8, 2013 at 13:04
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      @NICKOLA: Newsnow site reported on that also, WBA are looking to loan him out but they want him to improve and go to a club that likes to play it around, he was at Palace last season so there is a chance for us being in London as well, depends on how they view Millwall as that kind of team

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  • September 7, 2013 at 19:02
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    On another subject Millwall payed out £233,400 in agents fees last season. Blackburn payed £3,538,034
    and Blackpool nothing. These agents are milking the clubs, making a nice living out of it.
    We sometime forget what clubs have to pay out, like the dreaded VAT, Energy bills, maintenance, expenses apart from wages and other bills. That £233,400. would have bought in a couple of players.

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    • September 7, 2013 at 23:11
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      It did bring in a couple of players. Probably Hulse and Tyson.

      @Peckhamlad:

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  • September 8, 2013 at 11:59
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    I still think in January, Millwall need to take a risk in the transfer market and sign a lower league player who is proving himself to be a handfull!

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  • September 8, 2013 at 13:57
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    Palace have two new players that are not in their 25 man squad and they are striker Stephen Dobbie and defender Florian Marange would be nice loaning one of them for the rest of the season or even till the window opens again

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  • September 8, 2013 at 14:10
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    Many years ago before subs,transfer windows,loan systems teams used to operate with a 1st team and a reserve team ( in I think it the Football Combination). If a s 1st team player was injured then the equivalent reserve player replaced him in the next game. Without a reserve team I don't see the point of having a large squad of players because without playing regularly replacements for injured players can't be match fit anyway. A squad of 25 players should be more than enough. Surely that would save on wages alone?

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    • September 8, 2013 at 19:06
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      @denslions: Dens not sure what point you are trying to make, our squad is made up of around 24 or 25,the rest are youth players who will not be on the bench each week but will play in the under 21 Dev league where over age players can play also

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  • September 8, 2013 at 19:12
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    Why don't we try playing Jimmy Abdou as a right back he's loyal tracks back tackles well and works his nuts off I remember a day when players could play in more than one position
    Just a thought!
    Keith Stevens played as a centre half a midfielder and a right back just one player that springs to mind!!

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    • September 8, 2013 at 21:41
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      @bazthelion078: you know what that ain't a bad idea i never thought of that he could probably do a job at rb and more than likely better than alan dunne not that , that is very hard to do i know he' a loyal player but he ain't the best abdou is a grafter

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