IAN Holloway has explained why he released popular defender Shane Lowry.
Millwall announced last week that the Australian centre back will leave the club this summer when his contract expires.
And Holloway says he could not justify offering Lowry, 24, a new deal when he had not been selected in the final seven games of last season.
"I couldn't see us coming up with a deal that would satisfy him," Holloway said.
"That would have been tough. If I'm not picking him or using him as a sub, he won't develop that way. He's a great kid and he'll get a really good club.
"With the emergence of Alan Dunne and Mark Beevers, things have evolved.
"Shane and his agent wanted to let his contract run out and I wish him all the very best. He's a great lad, a good player and he'll do a brilliant job for somebody else.
"When we are as tight as we are with the squad that we've got, I've got to be really selective about who I keep.
"When you don't use someone for seven games, it's very difficult to say that you need them."
NewsAtDen understands that Lowry, who is one of the Lions' top earners, rejected the offer of a one-year extension on his existing terms under ex-boss Steve Lomas.
"It was to do with what his [financial] expectations are going to be – he played for Aston Villa after all," Holloway added.
"When people like that run out of contract, I'm going to struggle to live with that. It will be interesting to see what happens to him but he's got a good future ahead of him.
"I'd like to thank Shane for how he accepted what has happened to him in the end. I will recommend him highly to someone."