Exclusive: Millwall eye deal for Hutchinson after Chelsea exit

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MILLWALL are waiting for an answer after offering a deal to Chelsea academy product Sam Hutchinson.

NewsAtDen can reveal that Hutchinson is the utility man being pursued by Lions boss Ian Holloway ahead of the new campaign.

Hutchinson, who can play centre back, right back or as a holding midfielder, finished last season on loan at Sheffield Wednesday.



But Jose Mourinho has elected not to renew the 24-year-old's contract at Stamford Bridge, meaning he is available on a free transfer this summer.

A clutch of clubs are in for the Windsor-born star, with QPR, Leeds and Huddersfield Town all credited with an interest.

Wednesday have made Hutchinson an offer after an impressive stint at Hillsborough.



Holloway has confirmed holding talks with the versatile defender and is hoping to learn of the player's decision by the end of the week.

"I've made it totally clear to Sam what I think he needs and what Millwall need," the Millwall manager said.

"He's in no doubt that I think he'd be very good for us. He's weighing it all up.

"Coming here would be a step backwards financially because it won't be anything near where he was at Chelsea.

"But I think the lad's got his head on straight, he wants to get a solid year's football under his belt and to play a certain way, so we might have a chance but it's only a chance.

"If he doesn't take it, I'll wish him all the very best because I was so impressed with him when I met him.

"Even if he goes elsewhere, I'd like him to take what I said and how I felt about him as a compliment."

At the age of 21, Hutchinson announced he was retiring from professional football because of a knee injury.

But he defied his doctors and, 18 months later, was able to resume his career. Since then, he has been loaned out to Nottingham Forest, Vitesse and the Owls.

"Sam has got a lot of choices so he needs to sit down and have a think about them," Holloway added.

"He's had a very traumatic few years because he would be in Chelsea's first team if it wasn't for some injuries.

"He's someone who I see as being very useful to me because he can play in at least four positions and he would strengthen us up.

"If he chooses us, I'll be delighted. If he doesn't, we'll have to move on. He's got choices and hopefully he chooses me and this club.

"When a player chooses me over somebody else, then I know we're getting the right person and I'm likely to get the right effort and commitment out of them.

"But I'm never confident that a player will sign until they are in the building or they've given me their word that they will sign for me."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

46 thoughts on “Exclusive: Millwall eye deal for Hutchinson after Chelsea exit

  • June 26, 2014 at 09:10
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    I'll be impressed if you pull this one off IH. Very good footballer who will give us the edge over a lot of good sides in a strong Championship this season. Fingers crossed.

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  • June 26, 2014 at 09:12
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    The IH factor will have to work wonders on this one.

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  • June 26, 2014 at 09:13
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    Well at 24yrs of age..............it will be a great chance to improve MFC...............
    Try and get him for a while, we are all for it !
    [ NOLU, WDC ]

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    • June 26, 2014 at 09:33
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      @BUSHWACKER14.:have you heard bout the away season ticket..mfc has com up with..you have to pay 20qurd admin..

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      • June 26, 2014 at 11:40
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        @Jim28: Is that serious Jim28 ? Not heard of it. ( tell us more! ).

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    • June 28, 2014 at 10:05
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      @BUSHWACKER14: Hi Jim28, yes you are correct about the away season tickets. ( we are all gonna get registered for it: , sounds a great deal to us, thanks for the info ) .

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  • June 26, 2014 at 09:17
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    Get yer a*** out of stamford bridge & be with the real lions

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  • June 26, 2014 at 09:18
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    That knee is a concern, don't want to pay too much for a guy that has still got to prove long term fitness. Sure he will be good if we get him, but I wouldn't sell the family silver to bring him in.

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    • June 26, 2014 at 09:28
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      @glyngo: 25 games in 7 seasons , oh dear I think our treatment room is going to get a new arrival very soon .

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      • June 26, 2014 at 09:38
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        @southstandview: IH wasn't born yesterday. He said he want's 'a solid year of football'.. So would only give him a year or two if he came along.. I think it could be a shrewd move as he will have a lot of doubters and would be determined to put them right.

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        • June 26, 2014 at 10:03
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          @Omer Ronayne: pay as you play only , 2 years is too much of a gamble even 1 is

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          • June 26, 2014 at 10:46
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            @southstandview: yeah, 6 months with extension options would be sensible. why ties up so much budget on a risk.

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          • June 26, 2014 at 10:58
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            @southstandview: Could be another Chris Wood scenario if he plays outstanding! a 1 year deal or what is more likely is if he plays over 20-25 games in the 1st year then he will get a 2nd year automatically!

            Why risk signing a player on a "pay as you play" and he plays very well and then buggers off to a bigger club for £0, alternatively if he gets injured a 1 year deal isn't going to bankrupt us especially as he will be taking a huge pay cut to join us anyway!

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    • June 26, 2014 at 10:55
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      @glyngo: exactly , we can't afford to pay people not to play .

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      • June 26, 2014 at 11:12
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        @southstandview: well if his knee packs up even on 5-7 grand a week that's a pretty big waste for us

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        • June 26, 2014 at 11:38
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          @southstandview: Ollie wouldn't be looking at signing an injured crock, that's what medical's are for which will test everything especially his knee which his past injuries.

          He played 10 games for Sheff Wed, signed on the 14th Feb until April 9th, not bad for 7 weeks!!

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          • June 26, 2014 at 11:50
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            @Bradders: still say pay as you play for a centre half / right back or midfielder , basically he can't nail down a position of his own

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        • June 26, 2014 at 12:40
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          @southstandview: He can't nail down a position? Done a very good job in all of those positions for Sheff Weds, in fact I would go as far to say better than some of their regulars who were injured and had that position "nailed down"!

          He is a versatile player, which every club needs especially Millwall as we cannot afford to get back ups for every single position.

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          • June 26, 2014 at 12:49
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            @Bradders: so I take it you saw him play for Wednesday in all those positions ?

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          • June 26, 2014 at 16:53
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            @Bradders: Take it with a 'pinch of salt' Southstandview : most have seen what a load of cobblers is said by him. ( Suppose he has a mate for every championship club , Lol !

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        • June 26, 2014 at 13:48
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          @southstandview: My mate who I work with is a Wednesday fan and hasn't stopped raving on about him.... he is gutted to hear we are in for Hutchinson although I've been winding him up about it.

          I've seen him play in a couple of games where he played midfield and centre back, but my mate said he has seen him play in all of those positions at some point during the 10 games or so he played for them and certainly didn't look out of place in any position.

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  • June 26, 2014 at 09:22
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    come join the revolution! if he is as good as he seems he will enjoy the passion of the den faithful,.and play the way ollie believes, on the deck up and at em!

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  • June 26, 2014 at 09:50
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    Been on loan to 3 clubs and SW have made him an offer so think he may be past the problem, and im sure with the fitness phobia Ollie has he would not entertain him if he thought for 1 minute there was still a problem...

    Good to see thats the quality of player Ollie is trying his best to get for us keep it up son...

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  • June 26, 2014 at 09:54
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    Good news

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  • June 26, 2014 at 10:08
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    Bessone given permenant deal?

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    • June 26, 2014 at 10:47
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      @seanmfc: Is that breaking news or are you just asking?

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      • June 26, 2014 at 10:59
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        @glyngo: He left straight after our last game of the season!

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  • June 26, 2014 at 10:38
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    Not convinced on this one, I am hoping IH will give a few of our own youngsters a chance instead.

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  • June 26, 2014 at 11:00
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    Did any of youse see IH might be considering to play 3 at the back? Bit risking if you ask me

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    • June 26, 2014 at 11:04
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      @Dazi: I like that idea a lot, a flat back 4 is old school tactics, 3 at the back with wing backs are the way forward!! Malone & Edwards flying forward sounds immense.

      It would be marvellous to see us play attacking, "we fear no foe" football... especially as it's all going to be ball on the ground stuff with Ollie!

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      • June 26, 2014 at 11:20
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        @Bradders: would be ok if we had someone who could put the ball in the net .

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        • June 26, 2014 at 11:43
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          @southstandview: Just signed Gregory and now looking at a big man up front, have a little faith!

          In fact even if we had the set of players we have now I still believe we would do ok, at least under Holloway we create quite a few more chances and he has brought Webster to lower the amount of goals against like we had last season!

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          • June 26, 2014 at 12:14
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            @Bradders: stil need a goal scorer cos marquis , Easter and obrien are not up to it at all

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        • June 26, 2014 at 12:44
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          @southstandview: Wow we have a new Mr Negative, lets crush any positivity anyone says in the world. I bet you are an absolute dream on a night out, the life & soul of the party.....

          I think my point went completely over your head, towards the end of the season we had crap up front who managed to put away enough goals to allow us to go on an 8 game unbeaten run and now Ollie will have a FULL pre-season with the players he will get them thinking more attack minded so we can create MORE chances than last season.

          You missed out Gregory in that list or do you just want to forget that positive bit of news?

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          • June 26, 2014 at 12:50
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            @Bradders: gregory might do it but the other 3 are hopeless and should have been let go

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        • June 26, 2014 at 13:50
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          @southstandview: There's no hope, helpless and then there's you! God help me if I'm sitting anywhere near you at the den or away games this season!

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          • June 26, 2014 at 14:01
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            @Bradders: not much chance mate you'll be watching Wednesday

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          • June 26, 2014 at 14:01
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            @Bradders: not much chance mate you'll be watching Wednesday @Bradders:

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    • June 26, 2014 at 13:03
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      @Dazi: not risky at all it starts a a three she attacking then switches to five in midfield when we attack. Just requires clever versatile players like Edwards and Malone to make it work.

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  • June 26, 2014 at 11:00
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    Could be a very good signing, played well when I saw him at Sheff Weds and he is versatile and a good age! A no-brainer if we get him in on a 1 year deal with the chance of extension if he plays well and a certain amount of games in the season.

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  • June 26, 2014 at 12:02
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    He is only 24 years of age a 1 year deal with automatic renewal clause if he plays a certain amount of games seems to be the sensible thing for all parties included. He seems to be very highly rated by other clubs has well which is always a good sign. Got to the ollie factor for him to join us plus if Bailey does get injured we have that back up player that we missed when Bailey was out of the team last season

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  • June 26, 2014 at 13:30
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    His career was over a few years back and if I remember rightly he had to repay insurance co. To return to Chelsea as a pro. Will be a touch of class if he can prove his long term fitness.

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    • June 26, 2014 at 13:39
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      3 4 3 would be my suggestion at mo....

      Forde
      Webster...Williams...Beevers
      Edwards...Bailey...Upson...Malone
      Martin...Gregory...Woolford

      Equals...Playoffs.

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      • June 26, 2014 at 13:52
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        @Hurlocksgonnagetya: spot on!! Also reverts to a 5 4 1 when defending, just need the wingers and wing backs to join up in attack to make it a 3-4-3

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  • June 26, 2014 at 13:58
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    Well I think he be good for us Chelsea fan's at work tell me he a good player just could not get in the side with all the players they have

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  • June 28, 2014 at 13:50
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    It'll be a gamble because the lad is only ever potentially a twist, turn or heavy tackle away from having his career ended probably moreso than our other squad members. There's no doubt the boy's talented and without his injury record would be well out of our reach so if we get him we'll just have to keep everything crossed.

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