Recruitment chief leading Millwall's search for new signings

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MICK Harford is overseeing Millwall's summer recruitment drive while manager Ian Holloway takes a week-long holiday.

And Harford says the Lions are already closing in on "one or two" new additions.

The 55-year-old, who heads up the club's scouting department, is busy lining up deals which could be finalised upon Holloway's return to work.



Carlos Edwards is likely to become Millwall's first signing of the close season on a one-year contract from Ipswich Town.

Beyond that deal, NewsAtDen understands the Lions will be looking to strengthen in every area except for the full-back positions and plan to reduce the average age of the squad.

But Harford's number one priority is to find some goalscorers.



He said: "Over the past week I've had lots of meetings with agents, following up on the work we've done and the players we've watched throughout the year.

"We're making lots of enquiries and having lots of meetings with agents and players. I had a couple of meetings on Tuesday and a couple on Wednesday with players we're keen on.

"My role is to get the player and the agent to agree some kind of deal and then eventually sit them down in front of the manager.

"I know for a fact that if they sit down in front of Ollie they will be utterly impressed by what he's got to say to them and they'll become a Millwall player.

"We've had numerous meetings about where we need to strengthen, how many we'd like to bring in and who we fancy.

"We're close to one or two new signings but Ollie does not want to make wholesale changes because the team finished the season very well.

"If you look at the squad, it's blatantly obvious that we need some strikers and some pace – it doesn't take a genius to figure that out."

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65 thoughts on “Recruitment chief leading Millwall's search for new signings

  • May 16, 2014 at 12:21
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    @Jim28: Well, he's making all the right noises so let's see what develops. At least we've got someone actually looking and being proactive.

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  • May 16, 2014 at 12:23
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    Well he found Williams, Upson, Edwards, and the Hof I don't think he's done too bad personally. Anyway how long has Harford been feeling you ?

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  • May 16, 2014 at 12:36
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    One of the strikers we are looking at is Chris Brown of Doncaster, who had a release clause in his contract if they went down. Apparently us and wolves are interested.

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    • May 16, 2014 at 12:48
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      @Adsy77777: chris brown is 29 now surely we can find a forward with age on his side because im certainly getting annoyed seeing pensioners up front. Why not give aiden O'brien a chance gotta be better than the hoff lol

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      • May 16, 2014 at 13:05
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        I have red that Aiden O'Brien will play a big part in the team next season along with fred..

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        • May 16, 2014 at 15:34
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          @Jim28: I look forward to seeing them both in the first team, i like the look of both players and they have grafted on loan so deserve a chance. I wonder what will happen with John Marquis, will he get a chance as well?

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        • May 16, 2014 at 16:05
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          @Jim28: If the pair do come good, we will get a good price on them ! Millwall don't keep good youngsters for long.

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      • May 16, 2014 at 13:11
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        @DanmillwallB: Trust me Aiden O'Brien is not ready and is not better than the Hoff, at least he offered something different.... which Chris Brown would do as he is a tall chap, he's basically a younger Darius Henderson... I think he would start with a quick lad personally

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      • May 16, 2014 at 16:02
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        @DanmillwallB: It's not an inspiring move on paper; I haven't seen enough of him to comment. but I got that from a reliable(!) source and thought you lot would want to know. wolves are favourites to sign Lowry (no big loss IMO) and are said to be putting a bid in for Malone

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        • May 16, 2014 at 16:35
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          @Adsy77777: Malone must be mad to go to Wolves, KJ had him on the bench or out of the squad every week.

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          • May 16, 2014 at 16:53
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            @glyngo: No way would Malone sign for Jackett after spending most of two seasons sitting on his a***.

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    • May 16, 2014 at 12:50
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      @Adsy77777: bloody Wolves are starting to get on my nerves..yesterday they wanted newton now brown..jacket do one

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      • May 16, 2014 at 13:02
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        @Jim28: here comes the rant, thought you was being to nice.

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        • May 16, 2014 at 13:12
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          @foxy: f****** aldo deleted my 1st post s***..

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          • May 16, 2014 at 13:17
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            @Jim28: jim in the paper simeon jackson is a target for brentford, I bet the little c@@t scores a headed hatrick against us.

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          • May 16, 2014 at 15:49
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            @Jim28: Because it was abusive and personal. News at Den is not for fans to abuse people at the club. There is a big difference between criticism and abuse. I've emailed you several times about this Jim28 and received no response.

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      • May 16, 2014 at 13:08
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        @Jim28: jim you know ollie and kj are mates, I bet ollie rings kj and says I've been looking newton an brown, nick nick jacket.

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      • May 16, 2014 at 16:03
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        @Jim28: See above reply to DanMillwall.

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  • May 16, 2014 at 12:45
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    Get Carlos to sign pronto ,,,, C O Y L ....

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  • May 16, 2014 at 13:08
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    Harford should know a good striker if he see`s one - He took no prisoners when he played !

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  • May 16, 2014 at 13:13
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    Pace is the key word here so go get Andre gray and the kid odubajo from orient

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    • May 16, 2014 at 13:16
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      @exiledlion: I'm a massive fan of Andre Gray, such a talent at only 22 and would have him at Millwall in a heart beat!! Got a lot to prove and knows where the goal is with bundles of pace.... Mick I know you were definitely not blessed with pace but look at this kid!!

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      • May 16, 2014 at 20:12
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        @Bradders: agree would be a great addition if IH is interested.

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  • May 16, 2014 at 13:15
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    This is one thing I can't quite get my head around, how can scouts or head's of recruitment who used to play the game (like Harford) look at players and know if they can play neat, on the ground type football.... when in their era it was a lot of long balls and headers??

    Maybe me being narrow minded but if you played in a good team, where players were trained to play intricate football, you would be in a better position to spot the same type of player?

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    • May 16, 2014 at 16:09
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      @Bradders: Sorry Bradders, but Wenger was no great shakes as a player, Mourinho never even played the game professionally. I'm no beauty but I still know an attractive woman when I see one!

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  • May 16, 2014 at 13:19
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    I Watched the rotherham vs PNE last night and was very impressed with a player called Pringle, he had an excellant touch and his final ball into the box was brilliant, if they dont get promotoed i would look at him

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    • May 16, 2014 at 19:15
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      @alkz22:

      Agree with you on that, looks like a real good footballer (noticed him in the first leg), with a brain and a good attitude

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  • May 16, 2014 at 13:31
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    Iam a holloway fan but he needs to stop telling the whole football league his plans & transfer targets. Sounds very familiar to last year & read in the SL press he's on a crusade to change millwalls image. Stick to the football that's what your here for.

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    • May 16, 2014 at 13:51
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      @block 28: I'd love to see you pull out a quote from Holloway naming players he wants to sign.... You wouldn't be able to, all he has said is he wants younger players in the squad!

      Newton & Gilks were given to us by the media, not from the horses mouth... don't get mixed up!!!!

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      • May 16, 2014 at 21:30
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        @Bradders: I think upson is a fantastic player. I hav been chasing William for over a year he's got a foot like a wand. Iam confident DJ would do a job for us. 3 quotes

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  • May 16, 2014 at 13:44
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    Wolves are becoming the new Leicester!!

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  • May 16, 2014 at 14:32
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    Gamble on the youngsters next year I reckon , and then blow our load on one decent striker in the transfer window

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  • May 16, 2014 at 16:03
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    Oh dear. Is this the same bloke involved in the Hoyte transfer debacle? All sorts of rumours at the moment, Mk dons captain Dean Lewington , Blackpool midfielder Angel Martinez, and Mehdi Abeidi from Newcastle, so you never know.

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    • May 16, 2014 at 16:58
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      @beedoscores: Mehdi Abeidi was rumoured to have been one of Lomas' targets last summer and nothing came of it. Rumours started by agents...

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  • May 16, 2014 at 16:47
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    As I have said and will say it again I think Stevie May will be a good striker for us proven goal scorer averages about 15 goals a season and is only 21 years old but the bad thing is that spl is not championship standard

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    • May 16, 2014 at 17:43
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      @boblion:

      ... as we know from a certain manager.

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  • May 16, 2014 at 19:09
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    Reidy released by WBA. Worth a punt for a bit of steel and experience?

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    • May 16, 2014 at 19:43
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      @mervpayne: liam Ridgeway as well, local boy from Bexleyheath!

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    • May 16, 2014 at 19:38
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      @JonnyBanks: not a chance , way out of our price range .

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  • May 16, 2014 at 19:39
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    Gilks has signed a new contract with blackpool. Forde better sign, the git! If the hoff is off to the prem (ahem!), then we should try and sign Amoebi as he's a free agent. Pay him by saying how amazing our ground is for family days out as I never hear any bad language 😉

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    • May 16, 2014 at 20:16
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      @sketchybean: On the Blackpool site it just said Gilks has been offered a new contract - not signed yet ?

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      • May 16, 2014 at 21:10
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        @Longfield Lion: Unless my eyes are playing tricks, it said it on Sky?

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  • May 16, 2014 at 19:41
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    Edwards has yet to sign.
    Smith was let go.
    Lowry was let go.
    Dunne is now a centre back.
    The last two seasons we have had right backs on loan. I think three of them.

    At the moment we have no cover for Malone and no right back, with the possible exception of the youth players who are being promoted.
    Although I don't know if any if them are full backs and will await correction.

    So why are the club not looking for full backs?

    Strange!

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    • May 16, 2014 at 19:50
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      @bonnie1272: The club are in talks with Edwards, Smith let go cos he's not good enough, Lowry let go cos he's a money grabbing red card liability.
      Reckon the club are looking at all positions to be covered but don't want to alert other clubs what there up to!!

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  • May 16, 2014 at 20:40
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    this is the same old cods that was on here last season, this player that player. i could't give a figs. let ollie do his thing, thats why he's well paid. he's been there and done it so let him get on and do his thing. lets turn to the world cup and watch our over paid under talented national team get mugged off. a bit like our team were for most of this season. HAPPY DAYS!!! COME ON ENGLAND!!!

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    • May 16, 2014 at 21:40
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      @TONY BLOCK28: mugged off in Brazil is that the team or the fans but your right let the mental one do his thing

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    • May 17, 2014 at 01:36
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      @TONY BLOCK28: true mate, Ollie would be thinkin this out 24hrs a day, they,l know and they,l do the best they can and lucky you guys don't have to run into Australia in the World Cup!! What, you didn't realise australia was in the World Cup!!! Like ya said , happy days and millwall till the light goes out.

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    • May 17, 2014 at 12:39
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      @TONY BLOCK28: I agree with you completely. There are still over 3 months to the end of the Transfer Deadline and some teams havn't even announced their retained lists yet. Let's wait and see who IH actually signs instead of all these rumours that we are interested in this player and that player.

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    • May 19, 2014 at 13:32
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      @TONY BLOCK28:
      Muggedoff, is that some lesser known eastern European country ????

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  • May 17, 2014 at 00:28
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    @Alex Aldridge: first of i seem to have a problem receiving emails to my phone..(after dropping it).also i dont think i deserve to be singled out.& i'll tell you why..after a mfc match i read the posts..& 90& of em are a hell of alot worse then wot i post.. And you dont delete them...

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    • May 17, 2014 at 01:53
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      @Jim28: Please don't tell me off

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      • May 17, 2014 at 07:54
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        @JonnyBanks: hahahaha nice one

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    • May 17, 2014 at 01:04
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      @JonnyBanks: GOOD ADVICE..only problem it takes two

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  • May 17, 2014 at 13:28
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    I heard millwall are interested in signing another Austrian in a attempt to get the hoff to sign, The shemale that won the Eurovision, What a pairing that would be upfront, Bit worried about how they would celebrate if either (Ahem) Scored. 🙂

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  • May 17, 2014 at 13:57
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    i want brett assombaloga 33 goals this year and i want the hoff the back and jusss onee quick thing he wants a quick striker but we get rid of jackson

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  • May 17, 2014 at 14:05
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    assomballonga lacks a bit of composure at times - could learn it - don't know if his all round game is good enough yet - very one -footed (aren't they all)

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  • May 18, 2014 at 11:18
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    Still need some good wingers.Chris burke (birmingham) is available on a free and as for a stricker maybe kieran agerd (rotherham) ? Only 24 and scored 26 goals this season

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  • May 18, 2014 at 11:59
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    Don't know if that is true but if chris Burke is available on a free there should be a stampede to get him. By far the best winger outside the premier I have seen, clever, trickery ,great delivery, and scores. We should be really trying for him if he's up for grabs .

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  • May 18, 2014 at 19:49
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    Dear Mr.Holloway,
    I hope you are enjoying your well earnt holiday.
    Just to let you know that there is NO news happening on the Millwall front and won't be until you return to work.
    England vs Italy is 4 weeks away. I hate the close season but please don't feel bad, you have fun while the rest of us go through major withdrawal symptoms.

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  • May 20, 2014 at 19:25
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    Mick looks like Elvis.

    That's all.

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