Millwall boss on his 'admiration' for defender

NEIL Harris hopes Byron Webster will be with Millwall next season and said the defender is in “great shape” after missing most of the last campaign through injury.

Webster, 31, is currently considering a contract offer after working his way back to full training towards the end of last season after suffering a cruciate ligament injury nine months ago.

After starting the last campaign behind Jake Cooper and Shaun Hutchinson in the defensive pecking order, Webster became a regular before that injury against Barnsley in September.

He started a gruelling rehabilitation program after surgery, and joined in full contact training in April.

Harris did point out there will naturally be some uncertainty whether he can reach previous levels until he returns to competitive action.

“We’ve had conversations with Byron,” Harris said. “He responded really well to the injury and fought really hard to get back. It has been very impressive from him.

“He’s a great character and I want him around next season.

“No one knows at this point how he will be next season until he is back on the grass, but he is in great shape.

“We want him in the changing room, for his leadership qualities and the competition he provides in defence.

“I have a lot of admiration for him. It's an ongoing conversation but hopefully we can get things tied down soon.”

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John Kelly