Millwall boss on Craig contract: 'He's a vital part of what we're trying to do'

TONY Craig has taken his first steps towards becoming a coach – as Lions boss Neil Harris hinted the club skipper will remain at the club beyond this season.

Craig is one of a number of Millwall players doing his coaching badges, including Steve Morison, Shaun Williams and Byron Webster.

Craig has been kept out of the first team this season by James Meredith and his current contract runs out next June.

Harris stressed Craig’s future won’t be determined by how much game time he does or doesn’t get in this campaign.

“There’s no link between Tony and James. Tony is the club captain and has had a couple of really good years for me leading the group,” Harris said.

“He played over 50 games last year and led us to Wembley. He’s a vital part of the squad but has had to be patient this year. His opportunity hasn’t come along yet, but who knows what is going to happen in football.

“He’s a big part of what we’re trying to do here and moving forward we need the captain of the club for as long as he wants to stay. Time will dictate that one.

“He’s started his coaching badges and I like players doing that because it gives them understanding, an insight into the thought process of some of my methods of coaching.

“They’ve got all the experience of game day but I like them to know the backgrounds of coaching sessions as well. It makes sense to have as much knowledge in the football club as possible.

“Tony will be a good coach one day.”

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John Kelly