Striker Marquis "frustrated" at Millwall before loan move

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NEIL Harris said frustration at the lack of first-team opportunities was a decisive factor in John Marquis’ move to Leyton Orient last week.

Marquis, 23, signed a one-year deal in the summer to extend his stay at Millwall but has found himself behind Steve Morison, Aiden O’Brien and Lee Gregory in the pecking order this season.

The striker made his Lions debut over six years ago but has been out on loan at a number of clubs since, most productively at Gillingham last season.

However, he started just two of fourteen games before his loan switch to Ian Hendon's side and and failed to score in six appearances.

Marquis made his debut as a half-time substitute in Orient’s 3-2 defeat at Crawley last Saturday and he will now hope to rediscover the form that saw him score eight goals in 18 appearances at Gillingham last season.

Harris says a decision could be made on his long-term future after the end of his current deal.

He explained: “John has given his all, every day he gives his all. But he just got frustrated at times because he wants to play.

“He had a taste last year and played quite a lot of games on a couple of loan spells and wants to play every week.

“We sort of said to him when he re-signed: ‘Have a go, give it a right good go, but if you’re not playing regularly and you’re frustrated then come and see me.’

“We spoke at various times in the last few weeks where he just said, ‘I’m frustrated’.

“He really enjoys it here, we do a lot of striker stuff but ultimately he wants to play on a Saturday.

“Obviously Orient had shown a strong interest and it fit nicely for John that he knew a couple of players there, that it’s in London and it’s an opportunity for three months to go and get some rhythm to his play and then we can reassess it in January where it goes from there.”

John Kelly