Released duo thanked for efforts by Millwall boss

NEIL HARRIS has thanked the efforts of two released players at they agree deals with new clubs and expressed his delight at the two securing their futures. 

John Marquis and Ed Upson were given permission to talk to other clubs with their contracts set to expire on June 30 after being told they would not be renewed.

Marquis has signed a two-year deal with League Two Doncaster Rovers after spending the second half of the season on loan at Northampton.

MK Dons snapped up Upson on the same length deal after starting the season well for Millwall before finishing opportunities limited during the latter stages of the season.

And the Lions boss has thanked the two for their efforts and wishes them every success at their new clubs.

“I’m delighted for both lads,” Harris told The News “They are real top professionals, the guys were desperate to play football week in and week out and I want to thank both of them for their effort.”

“John has had a frustrating few years, but unfortunately he couldn't force his way into the side.

“If you look back at the season, Lee Gregory, Steve Morison and Aiden O’Brien, they had 59 goals between them. It was tough for John to force his way into the side.

“Instead of sitting and waiting, he wanted to get out and play, he is a man who goes to work Monday to Friday to play on a Saturday. I'm delighted he has got himself a good club that is building for the future, I’m sure he will be successful at Doncaster.”

Upson will line up against his former side next season with MK Dons’ relegated to League One after finishing 23rd in the Championship last year.

Harris said: “Ed was an integral part of what we did last year especially early on in the season when we were searching for consistently.

“He played in that position on the left, slightly tucked in that gave us some quality and balance to the team.

“I had various conversations throughout the year with Ed and he wants to play in the middle of the park, as much as he wanted to be part of the team and loved being part of the squad.

“He was really good with the lads be want to play in central midfield as it is his best position, he couldn't quite get him in there as often as he wanted to here.

“It was mutual at the end of the season we decided Ed would move onto a new opportunity.

“To get that chance to play for MK Dons with their style of play, it is a good fit for him.

“Ed played a lot of football last season and I thank him for his efforts and wish hm well for a long and successful career, but hopefully he doesn't play well against us!”

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