Transfers in and out expected at Millwall in January

NEIL Harris has confirmed he will add to his Millwall squad during January’s transfer window.

The Lions boss also said players will leave the club, either on loan or on permanent deals.

Harris has signed six players so far this season, but recent injuries to key players Shaun Hutchinson and Steve Morison have reinforced the feeling new recruits are needed to bolster the squad.

Millwall have recovered from a poor spell in September to mount a push for the top six in League One, and Harris wants to ensure he has the resources avaialble to challenge for promotion in the second half of the season.

“I think we’ll certainly be looking at a couple of players going out and a couple of players coming in,” Harris said.

“That’s not for any other reason than you do need a freshness, you do need fresh impetus. There are players in the squad that won’t have played as much as they’d have liked to and will want to go and play football somewhere.

“At the moment it’s too early to say if it’ll be loan players or permanent transfers both ways. We’re always looking for players that can add quality to the squad, add competition for places.

“But we have to balance that with some really promising young players coming through.

“I think we might be the only team in the division, if not most of the divisions, without any loan players. So the thought process there is we might need one or two.

“It’s been a good learning curve the last few months. There have been times when I thought we were a little bit short of competition for places and that’s mainly come down to bad luck with injuries.

“There was also a lack of form with some players, that’s the worry and that’s always the worry.

“We’re not always used to having those periods. We didn’t really have them in the second half of last season, but we’ve had it at the start of this season.

“We’ll certainly look at adjusting that in January. But I’m not one for stacking players, I want people to have an opportunity.

“We’ll be in the second half of the season and we have to make sure that we’re in a good position to push for that top six. We need to have the squad to do that.”

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John Kelly