Harris: Signing new players for Millwall is a priority

MILLWALL boss Neil Harris expects there to be a turnover of players as he plans for next season in the Championship.

Harris said “adding to the squad is a priority” and he also wants to keep his key players.

Shaun Williams, Jimmy Abdou and Shaun Cummings are out of contract. Joe Martin’s deal runs out next month but he is expected to leave the club.

Fred Onyedinma’s future is also uncertain.

Millwall have monitored Lincoln defender Sean Raggett and Everton midfielder Liam Walsh, and Harris will meet the Lions board this week to discuss transfer options.

Harris said: “The Championship is a tough league, the teams that went up found that this year. We have to be competitive. Will there be a turnover of players? Of course there will, some players will want to play first-team football.

“I need to bring quality in to what we have already. I’ve got a nucleus already of good senior players and some really good young players coming through.

“The policy of giving young players opportunities won’t change. But certainly adding to the squad is a priority.

“We had various scenarios. One was staying in [League One] and losing players. The second was keeping the squad together and adding to it.

“A lot of the players we’ve been looking at we’d love to have got in either division. It’s about me sitting down with my chairman and the board and deciding how we move on from here.

“A lot of my players deserve the opportunity next year.

“You talk about Shaun Williams on big pitches, not getting around the park, not being physical…what a good player he is, what a good lad he is as well.

“We’ve got good players. Players are playing for their futures, their livelihoods. They’ve had to sit tight on that. What going up is going to do is give us an opportunity to attract a better quality of player and keep our best players.”

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John Kelly