Keogh to stay at Den after Millwall dismiss loan enquiries

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MILLWALL have ruled out the possibility of Andy Keogh leaving The Den ahead of the emergency loan deadline this afternoon.

Keogh has not started a game for the Lions in over two months and was left out of the squad altogether for the victory over Barnsley last weekend.

But while clubs have expressed an interest in snapping up the Republic of Ireland striker, boss Steve Lomas has no intention of letting him go.



The 27-year-old's contract with Millwall expires next summer and he will need to be playing regularly if he is to force his way back into international contention, so it is doubtful he will remain in south London beyond the end of the season.

But, in the short-term at least, Keogh is likely to have an important role to play for the Lions over Christmas.

Chief executive Andy Ambler said: "We've had a couple of calls from lower-league clubs about our players and they've been dismissed. After 5pm we can't move players in or out until January, so we don't want to leave ourselves short.



"Clubs are asking about players who haven't been in our squad recently and Keogh has been one of them.

"But Martyn Waghorn is ineligible to play against Leicester on Saturday and his loan expires two weeks into December, so the opportunity is there for Andy to be more involved over the festive period. It doesn't make any sense for us to loan Andy out at the moment."

Lomas admits he is looking to make an addition to his squad before the window closes.

"We haven't got anything lined up as such but we're still looking about," he said.

"We've got such a crucial period coming up and we need the squad to be as strong as possible – it's the one time of year you don't want to leave yourself short.

"We're still looking at who is available but nothing is concrete. A lot of teams don't want to let players out at the moment.

"Karleigh Osborne's loan with Bristol City has been extended but with a recall clause. I'm mindful that the lads who haven't been playing want to go out, and if we do need them we can get them back."

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38 thoughts on “Keogh to stay at Den after Millwall dismiss loan enquiries

  • November 28, 2013 at 09:35
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    Sound like Lomas is ready to just let Waghorn one of the better players at the club leave. Great Management there!

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    • November 28, 2013 at 10:10
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      @Obrien91: Oh here we go again with the negativity!!

      Waghorn isn't our player, so we are not letting him go for the sake of it... his loan is up and I'm sure Lomas would love to keep him as he has been one of the better ones and will try to extend it but if it doesn't happen then there is nothing we can do about it!!

      Just wish some people would use common sense before commenting!

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      • November 28, 2013 at 10:25
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        @Bradders: i agree bradders some people dont put their brain into gear before they speak

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      • November 28, 2013 at 10:35
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        @Bradders: Give us all something to be positive about here then mate? I agree Waghorn isnt our player so nobody should expect us to keep him beyond mid december but from what I can see, us long suffering Millwall supporters dont have much to be positive about right now!

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        • November 28, 2013 at 10:53
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          @TheBermondseyBomber: Keogh has been in the shadows and now he knows he has to work hard to get back into the team if and when Waghorn does go back.

          If Keogh doesn't step up then we can try Fred as although he is a midfielder he can also play up front, it also gives Marquis time to really get match fit and get some form between now and when Waghorn leaves... apparently he was impressive on Tuesday night.

          We don't need lots of strikers as we tend to play 4-2-3-1 which allows for an attacking midfielder to play behind MacDonald in a No.10 role, which Lee Martin, Trotter, Chaplow, Bailey can all play.

          I hope this helps, any more questions..... I'm here all week.

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          • November 28, 2013 at 12:44
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            @Bradders: I was actually at Torquay Vs Plymouth on Tuesday night, down in Devon to see my little'un this week! Marquis was the best player on the pitch (wasn't hard to be in all honesty) but was robbed time and again by a very poor ref!

            I was asking what we have to be positive about - Fred looks a good prospect but we're already talking about playing him out of position?!

            I agree we dont need lots of strikers but I'm still failing to see the postives....

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      • November 28, 2013 at 12:39
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        @Bradders: Some people just like to have a go at Lomas for the sake of it. I am surprised he hasnt been blamed for the Stadium collapse in Brazil yet !!

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        • November 28, 2013 at 13:09
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          @Steve: One of the best comments I've seen on here for a while as it is so true!!

          Positives - Lomas is able to attract good players, brought the best out of 2 players who everyone slated (Malone, Woolford), playing attacking football, setting up the team in the right way, modern formations rather than the 442, looking at youngsters for the future of the club.... and there are more but I think you get the point!

          While you search for the positives I can't see any negatives.

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          • November 28, 2013 at 13:23
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            @Bradders: Lomas has got the best our of Woolford and Malone - brilliant!! However, he has turned one of the best defences in the league into the third worst - with the same players, we now play attacking football but have a goal difference of minus 12! We're scoring marginally over a goal a game yet conceding 2 goals a game! He's used Chaplow wide more than he has central!! apart from young Fred (an academy product we should be signing up anyway!) who's young that he's brought in?!

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          • November 28, 2013 at 13:41
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            @TheBermondseyBomber: Shittu has got older, slower and looks a lost man compared to last year and a lot of Strikers now know his weaknesses, Lowry looked lost at the start of the season getting sent off as usual (that's why Malone has come in) while Beevers has looked a lot better with Robbo!

            Unfortunately Beevers has been injured and the moment he comes back we keep a clean sheet!

            Chaplow even came out himself and said the season he got promoted with Southampton and played over 30/40 games he played on the wing!!!! He is versatile and isn't just a central midfielder and that's proved with his past experience!!

            I'm sorry but we don't have to sign any academy players if they aren't good enough and we have signed Fred because he is the real deal if he progresses as he should!
            He hasn't signed any youngsters, but why does he need to? If we have ploughed money into the academy then we can buy older, experienced players and let the youth come through over time....

            Negatives.... what negatives??

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        • November 28, 2013 at 20:56
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          @Steve: I took it as read that the collapse was lomas's fault.LOL

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      • November 28, 2013 at 13:06
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        @Bradders: So Lomas will leave Keogh out of the squad all this time so that Keogh does not sign a contract extension and leaves in the summer for regular football? so we lose out on 2 good players instead of going all out to get Waghorn who was in Keoghs position and left Leicester on loan for the same reason.

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        • November 28, 2013 at 13:14
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          @Obrien91: What are you talking about?? Waghorn isn't our player so get that out of your mind... Leicester decide whether we lose him or not! If you think we can splash out to sign him you are on a different planet!!

          You have to remember he is on good money at Leicester, we are only part paying his wages, we would also have to pay a fee for him! So why not look to the players we own as a replacement rather than looking elsewhere.

          Keogh may or may not leave in the summer, but if he does leave without scoring a goal do you think that will work well with his ambitions to play for Ireland again?? Give me a break!!

          Keogh has to play well and if he does then great we can offer him a new contract or let him go and sign someone else in the summer! Either way it's about the immediate future not the summer as Waghorn could be going back to Leicester!

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          • November 28, 2013 at 13:33
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            @Bradders: Lomas has signed good players on the same wages as Waghorn he knows how to do it. I didn't think we would get any of the players we were linked with and some how he pulled it out of the bag. Chaplow terminated his contract with Southampton and McDonald did the same with Boro.

            I dont think Keogh is good enough, we have better strikers already in McDonald and Morison, plus if Waghorn goes then give Marquis a chance, he played well at pompey and he will do well at Torquay. Even Easter is more of a goal threat then Keogh! and he deserves more of a chance then him as well.

            If it is about the immediate future then i hope Lomas does decide to start giving others a game ahead of Waghorn and we might get another Malone scenario who has been nothing but quality so far.

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          • November 28, 2013 at 22:39
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            @Bradders: holy s*** I'm p***** but will be on this in the morning

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      • November 28, 2013 at 19:29
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        @Bradders: Waghorn wont be staying he has stated that he is an out and out striker and thats where he wants to play. Lomas has played him out of position from the day he arrived. People are entitled to be negative just as people are entitled to be positive. We have a manager with no experience of this league a manger who said that he is not bothered about formations. We are getting in more loan players who will at some point have to leave and lomas still wont know his best team and we will be back to square one. We are near the bottom of the table with a terrible goals against ratio the crowds are getting smaller and what was served up against barnsley was shocking with an own goal to get us out of jail. I agree we have the best squad in years and we should be happy but whats to be positive about when we have a manger who is completely out of his depth and has an excuse for everything. Maybe you can tell what the positives are at this moment in time.

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  • November 28, 2013 at 10:25
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    If AK wants to be a Millwall player & show what he's capable of, then this is a great opportunity to prove his desire and show SL that he's a striker worth keeping. Over to you, Mr Keogh.

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    • November 28, 2013 at 10:37
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      @Bolland: He cant get a look in at the moment.... Can't understand why he can't get in the squad considering Morison's form... or lack of!!

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      • November 28, 2013 at 12:43
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        @TheBermondseyBomber: Morrison has been dissapointing but I would still have him ahead of Keogh at the moment. Keogh is a quality player as we have all seen but I just dont know how he is going to rediscover his form. Kenny couldnt get it out of him and nor has Lomas so far. Maybe the lad does just need a change. Agree with the clubs stance though about keeping him with the Waghorn situation.

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        • November 28, 2013 at 12:47
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          @Steve: Oh without a doubt we need to hold on to him - putting our usual injury issues aside, we have Waghorn going back and Moro who can't hit a cows @rse with a banjo! Also our lack of wide players especially on the right means he might have to fill in there too!

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      • November 28, 2013 at 18:17
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        @TheBermondseyBomber: It's up to AK to show the boss what he's capable of in training, there's no other way to prove his undoubted ability which we as fans know he possesses.

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  • November 28, 2013 at 10:50
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    Keogh's loss of form coincided with his omission from the ROI world cup squad. Total lack of confidence/interest since then ?

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    • November 28, 2013 at 10:58
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      @frank: Well, he is number 5 in the pecking order at Millwall which won't have helped. He'll be number 4 soon as it looks like Waghorn isn't going to be a Millwall player soon.
      Can't blame Lomas for keeping him. We'd all on his case if injuries decimated the current first choice strikers.

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  • November 28, 2013 at 11:00
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    1 other thing I'd like to add.... It's great to see Millwall actually doing what's best for Millwall and not the player!

    Sometimes we, and many clubs, can be held to ransom by players wanting to leave, but Keogh knows he has a contract until June, so he either bucks up his ideas (plays well, scores goals) and get a decent move in June or move to League 1 or 2 next year with no chance of getting International Football.... his choice should be a simple one!

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    • November 28, 2013 at 13:25
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      @Bradders: Agree with you on this point - all too often the players get contracts that arent deserved or earned!!

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  • November 28, 2013 at 11:18
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    It would not be surprising to see another signing today reading between the lines.

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    • November 28, 2013 at 11:23
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      Let's hope it's a right winger or a centre half.
      @Peckhamlad:

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  • November 28, 2013 at 11:51
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    I have to disagree with most of what I'm reading here. I've said before that we not financially big enough to keep a large squad happy and therefore our best investment has to be in the coach/manager. Earlier in the season most of us were pinching ourselves in disbelief at the quality of some of the players we were signing. They are still quality players and they are still at Millwall. the board have chosen SL as the manager and it is up to him to make them click. All the ins and outs need to stop and SL needs to identify his strongest starting 11 and aside from a few adjustments, stick with it. We have the players to do this and when they are working as a team, make the opposition pick their 11 to play us rather than us chopping and changing to play them.

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    • November 28, 2013 at 12:35
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      @Chipplefuddywick: I almost agree with everything you are saying, we have the players here and an enthusiastic young coach/manager who is trying to change the way we as a club have played for many years, of course this will take time.

      SL hasn't been helped with the injuries and loss of form of some players, he most probably hasn't been able to play his best 11 and that can't be his fault with all the injuries, suspensions and lack of match fitness.

      As a business (which football is now) I'd plough money into the parts of the club which get you money... mainly the youth system, where money has been spent recently but we wont see the affects of that for a year or 2 but if we get some cracking youngsters then we can play them and sell them for a good few million then that would be great and is a realistic target for us!

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  • November 28, 2013 at 13:23
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    Although we have 5 strikers vying for the lone striker's place in SL's formation at the moment by the Summer that could be down to 1. Waghorn is due to go back to Leicester with little prospect of us signing him permanently. Morison will have returned to Leeds and Easter and Keogh's contracts will have expired unless they are offered new ones leaving us with McDonald who is injury prone. I wonder what SL' plan will be to sign more strikers then?

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  • November 28, 2013 at 16:13
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    Out the biggest wettest lettuce in the championship.

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  • November 28, 2013 at 18:49
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    So Jackett was pilloried because he couldn't sign Chris Wood yet Lomas doesn't sign Waghorn and it's just one of those things. Herein lies my problem with Lomas, he has persevered with Waghorn and left Morison on the bench. Waghorn is going and Morison is here for the duration. Everybody seems to agree that Waghorn and McDonald have made us tick up top this season but now Lomas has left himself with a void to fill and one that Morison isn't the right fit for. No doubt the usual suspects will be sounding out Easter, but do we really believe he is the answer? IMO, we need to change the way we play to accommodate our only proven goalscorer and get him a run in the side. But I'm not convinced that Lomas can achieve that in any case.

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    • November 28, 2013 at 19:13
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      @lion.ie: I totally agree lion.ie, we have a proven goalscorer in Moro he should start every time for me, we may be averaging one goal a game but thats not enough when we are letting in more. He will come good as before. Play to his strengths. Moro and Mac my first choice. Wag to come off bench if needed.

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      • November 28, 2013 at 19:20
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        @potty1: Despite the poor press he gets on here he seems to have been involved in a few of our goals recently off the bench. Always feel that we need a focal point in our attack, not a big man up front but somebody the oppo know can bang it in from 20 yds. I don't see the point of building your team around loan players that aren't going to be here at least until the season end, it can only be disruptive. Hopefully he'll get a chance a do the same as Trotter and show some of those on here that class is permanent.

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    • November 29, 2013 at 00:38
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      @lion.ie: diffence is millwall matched liecesters transfer fee and woods wages.and didnt waghorn arrive after the transfer window and we could not sign him permanatly any way.also the loan period set by the clubs was up,where is that lomas's fault.

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      • November 29, 2013 at 06:56
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        @jim1222: It's not Lomas' fault, it wasn't Jackett's fault, so no difference. That's the point. The other point is building your playing style around key players who aren't here for more than a few months.

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        • November 29, 2013 at 09:11
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          @lion.ie: there is a major difference between the woods/waghorn cases.

          Money was made available to KJ to secure woods and IMO the club tried to do whatever they could to secure his services.

          The problem is now, that money has been spent on wages for all of the new players. After all we have had a lot more in than we have out.

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          • November 29, 2013 at 12:27
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            @bonnie1272: Bonnie one of problems im told is we are paying high wages to a lot of players who cant make the team or other clubs dont want on loan.Is there a way of finding out what players are being paid,I was told marquis and bywater are on 1800 thousand a month i found that hard to believe we were paying those two players that much do you or any one else have ideas on this.

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