Lowry challenged to earn new contract by Millwall manager

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SHANE Lowry has been challenged to earn a new Millwall contract.

Ian Holloway is a huge fan of the 24-year-old Australian, who returns from a four-match ban for Saturday's trip to Barnsley.

But the Lions manager insists Lowry is no different to any other out-of-contract player, and must prove with his performances that he is worthy of a new deal.



"Shane is a very strong character and has a very strong voice," Holloway said. "I like the improvement I'm seeing in him. He knows that I like him and that my staff like him too.

"We're going to work towards making him the player that he thinks he can be. Some players can go off the path a little bit when they're not fancied or played in the right position.

"Moving forward, I am looking for us to be a Championship club, to push into the play-offs and then get promoted to the Premier League.



"At the moment, Shane has been part of the defence that hasn't worked. So like everybody else, he's got to show me that he can do what I want, and then maybe I'll give him a deal.

"I have to keep reminding the players that their job is to please me and not the other way round. That is the big difference. They have to prove themselves to me.

"The modern footballer can sometimes get things the wrong way around."

Lowry was suspended by the Football Association after being sent off for violent conduct against Sheffield Wednesday last month – his second dismissal of the season.

"He made a mistake," Holloway said. "He got a bit carried away and it is very easy to do that at our club with the passion of the crowd and how they are.

"Shane's got to stay calm and be professional so that he's eligible for selection more than he is at the moment. I don't want him to change, I just don't want him to do silly things.

"I really like the boy. Des Bulpin has got a lot of time for him and those two are getting on great. It helps to be wanted.

"Shane has got big ambitions. He has probably had a few problems in his own mind, wondering why he was the one let go by Aston Villa, so I've got to help him with that.

"In his mind, he's well on his way there."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

18 thoughts on “Lowry challenged to earn new contract by Millwall manager

  • February 19, 2014 at 12:50
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    I'd like us to be looking for classier , quicker young centre backs really. With him and Danny side by side we would have one of the most clumsy,awkward looking centre back pairings around. FORDY needs to polish up on his penalty saving technique me thinks.

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  • February 19, 2014 at 12:58
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    Do the hard work Shane n keep ya nose clean, the past is the past but there's a s*** hot future in front of this club if you blokes do the right things.

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  • February 19, 2014 at 13:16
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    My challenge to Shane is to avoid getting sent off again for the remainder of the season.

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  • February 19, 2014 at 13:21
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    Stop being a liability.

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  • February 19, 2014 at 13:29
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    I just like ollies bit about being a championship club,that alone will make me happy,I'm easily pleased.**COYL!!!

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  • February 19, 2014 at 13:35
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    Agree that Lowry needs to calm down a bit its important that we keep 11 on the pitch. Having said that you can't take the passion out of a player, so its just a case of getting the balance and the attitude right. I'm sure Ian Holloway and his backroom staff will make Lowry a good strong player.

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  • February 19, 2014 at 14:26
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    Cant have it both ways as fans. When he got sent off most of the ground sang his name as he walked off.
    He could be a lot smarter though.

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    • February 19, 2014 at 14:56
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      @wall2wall: controlled passion is what's required. He's a good player but no use to us sitting in the stands.

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  • February 19, 2014 at 15:26
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    In his defence the sending of against Sheffield Wednesday was clearly not a sending off, his attitude at the time IMO was calm .

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  • February 19, 2014 at 16:07
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    Best centre back at the club. Too many with short memories of just general lack of knowledge (probably the latter on this site, it's like a spastics day out on here) I'm sure Lowry once played in his correct position for a decent period of time, will come good.

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  • February 19, 2014 at 16:24
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    Lowry is a good centre back who has been played out of position far too often. With Federico in to cover / challange Malone, Lowry can compete with Beevers and concentrate on making the left sided CB position his own. Good work from Ollie I reckon.

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  • February 19, 2014 at 16:49
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    I hope you can do it S Lowry, if not so be it.

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  • February 19, 2014 at 18:15
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    We've got posters coming on here making remarks about spastics, when I know people on here have family members that are. Then in the same post talking of us having a " lack of knowledge". Please think before you write.

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    • February 19, 2014 at 18:34
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      @bordersarebest0170: rise above it, bad choice of words and I am sure the poster knows it already.

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    • February 19, 2014 at 18:48
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      @bordersarebest0170: tottaly agree.but i dont seriously think it was aimed at a family member...saying that the bloke you posted it is a bit of a wrongun..he could have express his views a different way..c.o.u.w

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  • February 19, 2014 at 23:19
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    It's a pity IH did not show the same eagerness to keep Liam Trotter at Millwall.

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  • February 20, 2014 at 08:35
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    Why would he,the bloke didn't want to play for us, and was pony

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