STEVE Morison is hopeful Shaun Williams will agree a new deal with Millwall.
Williams, 30, is out of contract at the end of next month, and he has said he wants to discuss a new one.
Morison scored Millwall’s winning goal in the 1-0 victory over Bradford in the League One play-off final on Saturday, after Williams had won the ball back in midfield and then sent in the cross that Lee Gregory flicked on to his strike partner.
Williams has been criticised by Millwall fans in the past, and wasn’t in the starting XI for last year’s play-off final against Barnsley.
But he was one of the most consistent performers in the Millwall side this season and is now a firm favourite among Lions supporters.
“He’s been fantastic, he’s a great football player,” Morison said. “At this football club people like him struggle to shine because it’s not what [the fans] like, they like a Ben Thompson. Shaun Williams is arguably our best player. I just hope he signs a new deal and he’s here next year.”
Morison finished the season Millwall’s top scorer, his final winner moving him one ahead of Gregory.
Millwall were forced back for much of the encounter against the Bantams, who almost forced a late equaliser through Tony McMahon.
Morison – who will be 34 at the start of next season – insisted his side were comfortable allowing Bradford have the ball as he looked forward to Championship football in 2017-18.
“It’ll be great, everyone tries to write people off,” Morison said. “It’s fantastic, the boys were great. From the outside it might have looked we were right up against it but we knew what we were doing out there. We’ve been doing it all season, we let people have the ball, we’re not worried about that.
“Like the FA Cup games, we let them have the ball and got the goal when it mattered. Our midfield and defence held firm, the goalkeeper made a fantastic save in the first half. We had a chance and took it, they had one more at the end and didn’t.”
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