Transfer rumours got on Millwall striker's nerves

MILLWALL striker Lee Gregory has admitted to being annoyed by transfer speculation linking him with a move away from the club over the summer.

Gregory signed a new deal last week that takes him up to the summer of 2018 to end doubts about his future.

He was the subject of interest from Rotherham during the closed season and took to Twitter in July to deny he had handed in a transfer request.

Asked if all that speculation was frustrating, Gregory told Lions Live on Thursday night: "Not on the pitch, no. Off the pitch it kind of gets on your nerves a little bit. I know what's going on and everyone is saying, 'This is coming up, this coming up' and I'm going 'No it's not'.

"People just want to start rumours and it escalates from that."

Gregory has trained this week and is in line for a return to first-team action against Southend on Saturday.

He could resume his partnership with Steve Morison, which yielded a combined 46 goals last season, and he admitted the Lions would be "lost" without their vice-captain.

"Steve has just taken off from last year where he finished," Gregory said. "He's such a good player, he has such a massive role in our team.

"I think we'd be lost without him, hopefully he'll keep scoring and I'm sure he will. He's on good form. He's not just a good player, he's a role model as well.

"It's a great understanding. It's one of those partnerships where you know where your strike partner is all the time. It comes naturally, really. Steve's been in the game a long time and helps me on the pitch."

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John Kelly