STEVE Morison has rejected the suggestion that this is his last shot at ensuring at least one final season in the Championship before the end of his playing career.
Millwall head into their final game of the League One season knowing if they beat Bristol Rovers they will finish sixth and enter the play-offs.
If they don’t win, however, they face a third campaign in a row in the third tier, with Morison turning 34 in the first month of the 2017-18 season.
The squad could also require rebuilding, with doubts over the futures of Fred Onyedinma, Shaun Williams, Shaun Cummings, Jimmy Abdou and Joe Martin. Lee Gregory and Byron Webster have been linked with moves away.
Morison signed a two-year deal when he joined Millwall that summer, and extended it until June 2018 earlier this season.
If Millwall miss out this year but win promotion at the end of next season, Morison will be 35 starting into his first Championship campaign since 2014-15, when he played 26 times for Leeds United. That's assuming he will have been given another deal.
But he is adamant he is not thinking beyond this weekend.
Morison said: “I’ve got a contract for next year. If we don’t do it this season we’ll go and try to do it next season.
“If I’m part of that then I’ll be part of it again the season after. Unless something dramatically changes between now and then I’ve not got to think about that at all.
“There’s only one focus and that’s Bristol Rovers at twelve o’clock on Sunday.”
The Lions will have to inflict a first home league defeat on Bristol Rovers since Darrell Clarke’s side lost 5-1 to Charlton Athletic in November, a run of 12 unbeaten of which nine were wins, including their last four.
Rovers effectively have little to play for, having seen their play-off hopes ended last Saturday.
But Morison insists their form at The Memorial Stadium presents a significant challenge.
He said: “Their home record is just as good as ours, they’ve got twelve wins and it’s a tough place to go.
“We need to put in a performance like we did against Fleetwood away from home. If we do, we can’t finish as badly as we did then and the goalkeeper can’t have as good a game as Fleetwood’s goalkeeper did.
“We know what we’ve got to do. We need to concentrate on ourselves and not really worry about anyone else.”
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