Millwall manager buoyed by deal for "phenomenal" Edwards

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IAN Holloway admits Millwall have bucked their transfer policy by swooping for Carlos Edwards but says the veteran full back is a "phenomenal" acquisition.

Holloway is in the market for young talent this summer but had no doubts about offering Edwards, 35, a one-year deal after his successful loan stint at The Den last season.

And the Lions boss, who has hailed the Trinidadian's fitness levels, confirmed that Edwards will trigger a 12-month extension in his contract if he plays enough games next term.



"It might seem strange given what I've said about signing younger players, but I know that Carlos can do the job immediately," Holloway said.

"He will get another year if he plays enough games next season. You'd never believe Carlos was 35 in a million years because he is as good an athlete as I've ever worked with.

"He is quite phenomenal to be honest and he takes care of himself. The great thing for us is that he's getting old, ain't he, so there weren't too many people fighting for him.



"But we know what he can do and the way he fitted in to our group, how he seamlessly blended in with everybody and made people confident was superb.

"He's an absolute credit, a great fella and a fantastic, talented player. I'm doing him a bit of disservice really by saying that nobody else wanted him because he's so good.

"The pressure of our situation last season didn't bother Carlos at all. He settled everybody down with his calmness."

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28 thoughts on “Millwall manager buoyed by deal for "phenomenal" Edwards

  • May 28, 2014 at 09:23
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    We would really see ambition of the Club by going for somebody like Le Fondre.
    £1 million is not a lot nowdays.

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    • May 28, 2014 at 09:53
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      @Longfield Lion: Adam Le Fondre and Andre Gray upfront would be something i would love to see at The Den this season. I have a feeling Le Fondre would lean towards a Cardiff or similar move but does Cardiff getting Macheda change things there? Plus i really feel that if anyone can get this type of goalscorer in for Millwall its Ollie. We need goals this season. Ollie knows this. I hope we dig deep to get exactly the right talent we need to really compete from the off. Roll on August.....

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    • May 28, 2014 at 09:58
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      @Longfield Lion: I don't think we can afford to spend a Million on a single player, because the agency fees, signing on fees would take it up closer to 1.5mill... but it's nice to dream.

      I'd prefer taking a gamble on a non-league player or a young player who isn't getting much game time elsewhere but has pace, the likes of Rhodes, Ings and Austin (1st 3 names I can think of) all came from non-league or an academy somewhere.... Worth a punt when we have Ollie who will fill these youngsters with bags of confidence!!

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  • May 28, 2014 at 09:37
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    Yeah, well done OLLIE, great bit of scouting and recruitment. So many who think they know better than you were giving it when you brought in a 35 year old a couple of months ago, but in the run in he was probably our best player. Hopefully they will now trust your judgment more , as you clearly know what you are doing.

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  • May 28, 2014 at 09:38
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    Aaahhh Ollie is back.
    Get the cheque book out JB.

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  • May 28, 2014 at 09:48
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    He will no doubt get that 12 month extension as I would say he's got every game next season as long as no injury well done Edwards you deserve to be here and we are honoured for you really wanting to come here and wear the lion on your chest as you don't come across it much now days

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  • May 28, 2014 at 09:54
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    @LONGFIELD LION: one million pounds for a player is not a lot for a club just out of the premier getting parachute payments, chuck in the 30 odd grand a week for his wages, and you really think on our crowds we should go for that, that's not ambition that would be suicde

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    • May 28, 2014 at 10:05
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      @bordersarebest0170: Absolutely!! As a club we cannot spend anywhere near the money the likes of Cardiff, Norwich and Fulham.... I'd prefer the club be cautious rather than risk doing a Portsmouth or even go extinct!

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    • May 28, 2014 at 10:05
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      @bordersarebest0170: that's the whole problem with parachute payments.

      Money for failure and gives teams a massive unfair advantage.

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    • May 28, 2014 at 10:16
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      @bordersarebest0170: I do not think for one minute that Millwall would sign a player for £1 mil.Just pointing out that a proven scorer was available and that it does not sound a lot compered to the £3 mil quote for Grabban ?.
      Only JB really knows what the Club can afford or not.
      Ollie said he has a list of wants - do none on that list cost money ? Are they all loanees ?

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      • May 28, 2014 at 10:28
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        @Longfield Lion: If they cost £3-500k from a league 2 or non-league club, young and scored a shed load of goals (Andre Gray) then I'd much prefer the younger option who has the potential to be lethal in this league!!

        Even if he scores 10 goals then we will make a profit on the kid if we decide to sell him.... Huddersfield decided to pay over a Million for Nahki Wells.... says it all!

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  • May 28, 2014 at 10:22
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    JB said the bigger the home crowds the more he'll spend. So that means not a lot...

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    • May 28, 2014 at 10:32
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      @Lonsdale London: catch 22.

      Bigger crowds we can afford better players, get better players and we would get bigger crowds.

      JB will need to spend some cash and bring in some exciting players which will hopefully lead to extra season ticket sales in anticipation of a good season.

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      • May 28, 2014 at 10:39
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        @MFC Lion: You are spot on.
        I have not got a ST for next season,but I am seriously thinking about it.
        A key/exciting signing and I would get one straight away.
        That is just the way of things.
        I wonder how many more are thinking the same ?

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      • May 28, 2014 at 10:53
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        @MFC Lion: Well said MFC! We 'BWs' all have Season Tickets, ( and always will ) but, it would be lovely to have a good talented team to support every week home and away! Some of the posters- critics on here want to come on down to the New Den, then there's a chance the attendence swill be bigger.

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        • May 28, 2014 at 14:09
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          @BUSHWACKER14: the only snag is how many more lion fans cant you fit in the ever shrinking den...

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        • May 28, 2014 at 16:41
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          @BUSHWACKER14: renewed my season back when I thought we were nailed on for relegation.

          So knowing we're playing in the championship was a nice surprise and some quality signings would be a bonus.

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  • May 28, 2014 at 10:31
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    MFC Lion, your spot young man, life is like like this, reward for Failure COYLions

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  • May 28, 2014 at 10:58
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    very classy player. I was impressed by his overall ability and control, also knows when to break forward and when to stay put. This guy would also make a very decent centre back when his legs go.

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  • May 28, 2014 at 11:02
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    Andre Gray would be a great catch if IH is interested, but signing Carlos is a no brainer, he was brilliant in the closing stages of the season and keeping the core of that side and the momentum will give us the start Millwall needs. (As long as IH gets the extra pace and strikers up front)

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  • May 28, 2014 at 11:16
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    Carlos Edwards, I'm telling you now, IM NOT GAY but f*** , I really like you! You are a leader! Great to know that you are going around again .

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    • May 28, 2014 at 14:22
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      @grassgrower.:.cant say i'am too excited by the news of a 35year old(be it a good un).being the only stand out news from the den..and i'am pretty sure we red about this last week...i said before it wont be until june we read about (hopefully) some good signings

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      • May 28, 2014 at 14:42
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        @Jim28: there's a lot of down time at the moment Jim, can't wait for kick off again. Carlos is a good start though and hope there,l be some exciting signings to remodel things a bit. Reckon Ollie will spring a few surprises. Keep well mate, tell the boys to use striker gold rye grass in the pitch rebuild.

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        • May 28, 2014 at 19:28
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          @grassgrower: you've got the World Cup. Not the greatest group for the Aussies I must admit.

          Cahill will guide you through the group stage hopefully.

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          • May 28, 2014 at 22:00
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            @MFC Lion: certainly a hard group for the Aussies MFC but it's a fresh young squad with a few good kids in it and the boxing kangaroo in their corner. There's a lad named tommy rogic who came on in a friendly in sydney last year and set the place alight, cut through the defenders like a hot knife thru butter, I'm excited, reckon we,l learn sum s*** but the boys will have a crack , and Timmy's always up for it! Good luck to you boys, we,l see you in the final and it,l be great to see a few millwall banners in the crowd! We,r untouchable!!!!!

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  • May 28, 2014 at 17:42
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    @JIM 28: Carlos is a good signing

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    • May 28, 2014 at 18:44
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      @border read my post ...did i say hes a bad player ..No quite the opposite...

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