Millwall's Fred came back 'buzzing – and that's a good sign'

NEIL Harris revealed Fred Onyedinma was “buzzing” starting pre-season training on Monday – and hopes it’s a “good sign” as Millwall try to convince him to sign a new contract.

There was some doubt last week whether Onyedinma would be present on Monday, but Harris said he returned from the summer break in “really good shape”.

Onyedinma, 20, has so far chosen not to sign a new deal.

Harris was meeting his representatives again this week and is optimistic, despite the protracted nature of the situation, that a positive outcome can be reached.

“Fred has been in, things are still ongoing and still a little bit slow, but Fred has shown his desire to want to be here by coming in [Monday], that’s key for me,” Harris said on Tuesday.

“I had a really good chat with Fred [Monday morning] and I’m meeting his representatives this week to try to get to the bottom of it and find a solution.

“I’ve now sat with Fred twice in the last three weeks and he started the conversation by saying he loves it here, he wants to be here.

“It’s about finding a sensible solution. In football some contracts get done a year before they’re due to expire, some go to the last moment.

“There is no right or wrong way to do business in the modern day.

“People are different, some people are happy and a bit more laidback. Some have wives and kids so need to know what they’re doing, where their future is.

“Some are quite happy just getting on with it and I’m learning that all the time as a manager about my players.

“Fred’s come back in in really good shape and buzzing, and that’s a good sign.”

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John Kelly