STEVE Lomas has revealed that he sanctioned James Henry's surprise move to Wolves after the winger expressed a clear desire to leave Millwall.
Henry, who joined the Lions from Reading in July 2010 following two successful loan spells at the club, has linked up with former Den boss Kenny Jackett at Molineux.
The move came barely 48 hours after Lomas said Henry was "very much part of his plans."
The 24-year-old has signed for the League One side on an initial 93-day emergency loan with a view to a permanent deal once the transfer window opens in January.
"In an ideal world, we didn't want to lose James but I think the player wanted to go," Lomas said. "Once it gets to that stage, I don't want to keep a player who doesn't want to be here.
"He was in the last year of his contract, and if he's wanting to go and not wanting to sign an extension, it's always going to be a difficult one. James came to me and said that he'd been here for a number of years and wanted a change.
"When that happens, I am not going to stand in anyone's way as long as we get to a level where the club and the chairman are happy.
Lomas added: "The club are going to be looking at the situations of the boys who are coming out of contract, and I've spoken to Andy Ambler about that, but the boy wanted to go. When the player wants to go, what are you to do?
"I only want committed players here, so if someone has the mindset that they want to leave then it's probably for the best. James has contributed to this club during his time here and we wish him well."
Asked whether he will look to sign a replacement for Henry, having last week allowed Liam Feeney to join Bolton on loan, Lomas said: "We will have a look and see what the scenario is. Martyn Waghorn, Martyn Woolford, Lee Martin and Richard Chaplow can all play out wide."