MILLWALL boss Neil Harris believes Sid Nelson “needs a run of games” after sending the defender on loan to Newport County.
Nelson joins the League Two side until the end of the 2016-17 season.
Nelson has featured nine times for Millwall this season but has found himself out of the match-day squad for the last four fixtures following the returns from injury of Shaun Cummings and Shaun Hutchinson.
Nelson, who turned 21 on New Year’s Day, joins Newport in their battle to stay in League Two. Graham Westley’s side are currently in 24th place in the table, five points off safety.
Harris explained that with Nelson on the “periphery” of the Millwall squad, the move will help him in the next stage of his physical development.
“Sid’s been in the team, out of the team,” Harris told NewsAtDen. “He came in for a couple of games last year and did really well and he’s done the same this year.
“He’s always been the one who’s on the periphery. He just needs a run of games, he’s going to be a really good centre-half for this club.
“He’s a Millwall season ticket holder, he’s a fantastic talent. He needs to mature in terms of his body and get a run of games that he hasn’t been afforded so far with some really good centre-half competition.
“The opportunity for Sid to get out and get minutes is a really good option for him.”
Nelson has played 38 times for Millwall since making his debut against Bournemouth in December 2014.
He is the second senior Lions player to leave in loan since the January transfer window opened after Gregg Wylde’s move to Northampton.
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