Harris confident Millwall's Gregory will stay

NEIL Harris had a one-word answer when asked if he believed Lee Gregory would still be at Millwall after the summer transfer window closes at the end of August.

“Yes,” the Millwall boss said without hesitation when the question was put to him at the Lions’ training session in front of fans at The Den on Tuesday morning.

Gregory has already been the subject of three failed bids this summer from Championship Rotherham, with Millwall showing their determination to keep hold of their striker.

For now, the 27-year-old is part of a Millwall squad preparing for Saturday’s opening League One fixture at The Den against Oldham.

Shaun Hutchinson missed Tuesday’s training session and is a doubt with a hamstring strain. That means Tony Craig could shift from left-back – where he started all four of Millwall’s first-team pre-season friendlies – to centre-back to partner Byron Webster with Shane Ferguson dropping into the defence.

With the scrapping of the emergency loan window this season, Harris feels having players who can fill in in a number of positions could be crucial this season.

“Versatility is going to be key this year without the loan window,” Harris said.

“I’ve got some players who can play in different positions during a game or for the odd game. I’m not saying I particularly want to play central midfield players at full-back for four or five games in a row.

“But we’ve got options. In the forward areas I’ve got versatile players like Aiden (O’Brien) and Fred (Onyedinma) who are excellent wide or up front.

“Tony is comfortable at left centre-half or right centre-half, where he played last year, and at full-back.

“I’m sure there are going to be stages during parts of the season where we’re going to be a little bit light and someone is going to have to play out of position.”

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John Kelly