Millwall could extend Smith's Swindon deal

HARRY Smith has the option to extend his loan deal at Swindon – with Millwall boss Neil Harris admitting the striker is in a "good place" at the League Two side.

Smith was on target in the 5-1 win at former Lions striker Alfie Pavey's Dartford in the first round of the FA Cup last weekend, his third goal in his last five games.

The 22-year-old centre-forward has helped the Robins to four successive wins since returning to the club following a break back at Millwall in mid-October for personal reasons.

Harris believes his time back at his parent club last month did him "the world of good". Smith's loan deal ends in January, but he could stay at Swindon for the rest of the season to continue his development in first-team football.

"The opportunity for Harry to stay there is in place," Harris said. "That's for all parties to discuss in January.

"He came back for a 10-day period for a bit of reflection time, family time and I think that break did him the world of good. Things settled down for him at home and he's gone back and hit the ground running.

"He's scored two goals in three games and been involved in three wins.

"It's really important we remember his age and that compared to other 22-year-olds in professional football he's come from a non-league background.

"He's at Swindon for one reason – to develop. His future lies with Millwall. At the moment it's about development and if that means 20 games and 20 off the bench and a couple of times being dropped because he's not played so well, then that's all part of the learning process.

"That's the same with James Brown, Sid Nelson, Jamie Philpot. They're all out trying to gain experience because they were going to be limited with us at the level we're at.

"I'm delighted for Harry, and the last two goals he scored have been outstanding goals.

"His performance in the 23s when he came back and played against Cardiff was top drawer. He's in a good place at the moment and that's the idea of the loan."

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John Kelly