ANDY Keogh admits he faces an uncertain future at Millwall.
Keogh, whose contract at The Den expires next summer, has not started a game for the Lions in over three months.
Having been left out of Steve Lomas' squad altogether for most of October and November, the striker has returned to the fold in recent weeks – making four sub appearances.
But the 27-year-old admits he may have to leave the club for the sake of his career – and his family – with Millwall yet to offer him an extension to his current deal.
"I don't know what is going to happen," said Keogh. "I don't know what options are going to be out there or what Millwall's plans will be for me.
"But I have to be open about things because my family and I need to stabilise and we need to know where we are going to be based over the next few years. With my contract coming to an end all of these things have to be taken into consideration.
"My main focus is to be prepared for whatever comes my way – be that at Millwall or elsewhere – and that I am in the right condition and my fitness levels are high. If I need to find a new club, I have faith in my agent because he always produces for me."
Championship promotion-chasers Burnley wanted to sign Keogh on loan last month but the Lions knocked them back in fear of leaving themselves short of cover.
At the time, that decision left the Republic of Ireland international feeling frustrated.
"I had been sitting in the stands for the best part of two months and it's only natural for a footballer to want to play," Keogh said. "The opportunity to join a club at the top of the table was there but I'm contracted to Millwall and they decide what to do with me.
"With a busy Christmas period coming up, they felt it wouldn't benefit the club if I left so I've accepted that and continued to work hard in training.
"But we can't hide away from the fact that, if other players hadn't got injured and Martyn Waghorn's loan spell wasn't coming to an end, they might have allowed me to go. I've got to be realistic and accept where I stand with the club at present."
Despite his lack of game time this season, Keogh has not ruled out the possibility of staying in south London beyond the end of the season.
"I am open to what's ahead, I'm feeling optimistic about the future and I haven't dismissed anything," he added. "I've enjoyed my time here – the lads and the club have been great.
"I have been working hard in training, head down and trying to crack on with things really. It's been nice to be more involved in the last couple of games. The more minutes I get, the better I will play.
"My confidence is high and I'm still the same player that signed for the club two years ago. Sometimes you just need a run of games. Even when you have a bad game, getting another chance to go again – a bit of faith – goes a long way."
Lomas has praised Keogh's work ethic and insists the former Wolves frontman will have a crucial role to play in the weeks ahead.
"I am sure Andy wants to play more but I have been pleased with his attitude in training," said the Lions boss. "He is certainly doing all of the right things in terms of getting a start.
"Obviously with this busy period coming up, it's very important that everyone contributes and plays a part."