NEIL Harris is closely watching John Marquis' performances for Gillingham and says the striker could come into Millwall's thinking for next season.
Marquis, whose contract at The Den expires in the summer, has scored 7 goals in 13 League One appearances since moving to the Kent side on loan.
The 22-year-old was told in January that his deal wouldn't be renewed but Ian Holloway responded to Marquis' form by suggesting he wanted to keep the striker in SE16.
And Harris thinks very highly of the Lewisham-born frontman, who Gillingham hope to sign permanently.
"John's done really well at Gillingham and he's got a bright future," said interim boss Harris.
"He's scoring goals and deep down he's a Millwall boy that wants to play.
"What happens in the future is a conversation which will unfold as time goes by but we're certainly keeping close tabs on John and I speak to him regularly."
Millwall have also been monitoring centre back Jake Goodman during his loan spell at AFC Wimbledon, while Harris has been to see Fred Onyedinma play – and score – for Wycombe.
"John, Jake and Fred are three players that I know extremely well," Harris added.
"Jake and Fred have played a lot of games for me in the U21s, and so has John this year and last year.
"John I know really well because I've played with him – I know his character and capabilities inside out.
"I've watched John and Fred three times each in the last few months and they've scored every time I've been there, which is a big bonus for them!
"Fred is contracted to us and will be back next year to play in a Millwall shirt.
"Jake went out for first-team experience and he's someone we're also watching. Fred, John and Jake certainly have to come into our thinking for next season."
Regardless of who's in charge at The Den next season, Harris believes Millwall's youngsters will have a big part to play.
"There's a change in what the philosophy of the club is," he said. "Years ago it used to be bringing through young players and letting them flourish.
"If that means you struggle for a year or two, then that's how it was. We're talking about that again."
Two academy graduates – Sid Nelson and Aiden O'Brien – impressed in Tuesday's 0-0 draw with Brighton.
"Both were outstanding," Harris said. "Sid keeping a clean sheet in the first team is like a striker scoring his first goal.
"He'll remember that. He was outstanding against two very, very good and experienced centre forwards.
"I thought he did really well. Yes, he's going to get things wrong, of course he is, but senior players will get things wrong as well.
"Aiden was bright, lively and a goal threat. He's bubbly and he just plays. Where is the pressure for the young lads? Just enjoy it – we've not been winning games anyway."