Millwall captain attracting interest from a number of clubs – as Southend weigh up move

A number of clubs are interested in signing Millwall captain Tony Craig, who has been "frustrated" with his lack of first-team chances this season. 

Millwall are currently in talks with Craig over a new deal, with his current contract expiring this summer. Lions boss Neil Harris has reiterated his desire to keep hold of Craig.

However, there is interest in Craig, including from League One Southend. Craig, 32, made just his fourth start in 2017-18 in the 4-1 win over Barnsley in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

James Meredith has been the first-choice left-back this campaign, having started every league game, and it remains to seen whether Craig decides to move to secure first-team football.

Harris joined Southend as a 33-year-old before returning to Millwall to take up a coaching role. A similar route could be open to Craig, though his manager said he is "100 per cent committed" to the Lions.

“I want Tony to stay at the football club, I’ve made that clear to him. He’s been talking to me and the club regarding extending his stay,” Harris said.

“He’s been frustrated at the lack of first-team opportunities at the moment due to Mezza’s good form. He’s had to be patient and it’s testament to Tony that there has been interest from people that want to take him. It’s not just Southend, there has been a lot of interest in him.

“Tony is a wanted man, by me but also by other clubs. Tony is 100 per cent committed to Millwall and being here. His focus is on doing well for us. He played very well at the weekend, but I can’t stop interest in him.”

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John Kelly