MILLWALL will not offer trialist Chris Eagles a contract unless he can prove that he is fit enough to start playing immediately.
Eagles’s three-day stint with the Lions will come to an end after training this morning, leaving boss Ian Holloway to weigh up whether the winger has done enough to earn a deal.
The former Manchester United star has been a free agent since turning down contract talks at Bolton in the summer but has been keeping fit in a boxing gym.
"I'm delighted Chris wanted to come in and train," Holloway told the Southwark News.
"Bolton said to him: 'if you don’t sign, you’re not playing', so he was frozen out.
"I'm helping him get fit and seeing where he is. If I like what I see then there might be a chance to do something. He's showing me what he’s got but it's very, very early days.
"He certainly isn't fit enough to be involved against Huddersfield and that’s all I'm concerned with at the moment – the game on Saturday is all we're talking about.
"We'll be in a strong position [to sign Eagles] if he likes my way of playing, how I talk to him and if he wants to get in my team.
"He's done pretty well so far – in training and in the runs that my lads do.
"We'll see how his body responds to that because that run really does wipe you out. After three days with us, we'll see where he is fitness-wise and how far away he is.
"I'm not going to take anybody who can't play now. Chris has got to show me how well he's dealt with our training because it's very difficult.
'I'm very wary, having seen what happened to Carlos Edwards in an innocuous tackle, of Chris getting injured in one of my sessions because what happens to him then?"