Millwall midfielder open to loan move

KRIS Twardek says he would welcome a loan move to experience regular first-team football.

Twardek made his full debut for Millwall this season when he started against West Brom in the EFL Trophy in August.

He featured in three of Millwall’s four games in the competition, but the Lions’ exit against Wycombe means further first-team opportunities this season could be limited.

Twardek has seen Millwall’s young strikers Jamie Philpot and Alfie Pavey spend time out on loan this season at Bromley. Players can move to clubs lower than the Football League on loan outside the transfer windows, but a January move is more likely for the Canadian U20 international.

Twardek, 19, has discussed his immediate future with his manager Neil Harris, and the pair have agreed that a spell out on loan is the next obvious step.

“Given the right opportunity and everything being permitted by the club I’d definitely be interested in that,” Twardek said.

“We’re all quite a close-knit group and you get advice off people like Jamie and Alf and see what it’s like. But I don’t think you can really understand what it’s like until you go out and experience it.

“You have to leave it up to the manager and the club, but you do have to take steps yourself. I speak to (Harris) quite often and we’re clear what the next step is and that is getting games.

“We’ll see what happens in the next few weeks.”

He got the chance to show Harris – and clubs interested in taking him on loan – his ability in the EFL Trophy, and for all the criticism the competition received this season, Twardek welcomed the playing time it gave him.

“At the end of the day you want to play as many games as you can,” Twardek said. “I don’t really put a number on it because if you don’t get it you’ll be disappointed.

“I knew I had the chance in the EFL Trophy. From a young player’s perspective you’d be crazy to think it’s not a good idea. It gives you an opportunity and I can say from my point of view it was definitely a good thing.

“I’d love to be a sub in a league game at some stage. But you just have to wait for your chance.”

As well as making his Millwall debut this season, Twardek scored his first goal for Canada – in a youth international friendly against Honduras – since he switched allegiance from Czech Republic, where his father was born.

And he is determined not to let the chance to forge a successful professional career pass him by.

“It’s the fact that you’re a young player, you left school to make something of yourself for your family and your friends,” Twardek said. “If you’re not going into it 100 per cent it would just be pointless.”

“You come in every day – especially since I’ve been a pro for the last year-and-a-half – and the goal is to make the first team in a competitive match. So when it happens you’re buzzing for it.

“Naturally I work hard and I’m naturally athletic, so I can cover big distances. I’m mobile and can get around the pitch.

“Before the Wycombe game I was confident after coming from Honduras with so much excitement and such a buzz around it. When I was younger after first coming to Millwall I felt a lot more nerves. I didn’t know the atmosphere or anything like that.

“But this is my fourth season and it’s a lot more common to me and I’m a lot calmer.

“I just want to get as many games this season as possible and develop as much as I can so that come next season, assuming I’m here, I will be a lot closer to the next goal.”

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John Kelly