Will Millwall recruit overseas? Harris answers

NEIL Harris says Millwall are sticking to the British market for now – but hasn’t ruled out expanding the recruitment remit overseas during his tenure.

All of the players signed in just over three years under Harris have come from Britain or Ireland, and that is likely to remain the case this summer before the August 31 deadline.

Millwall do in-depth background checks on all players before deciding whether or not to sign them, and it is easier to get a fuller picture of players based in domestic leagues.

The last player Millwall signed from outside Britain and Ireland was Stefan Maierhofer, who arrived for a second spell with the Lions from Austrian side SC Wiener Neustadt in January 2015.

He played three times under Harris at the end of that season as the Lions were relegated to League One.

Millwall currently have a 19-man first-team squad, of which Harris signed 13, while as under-21 boss he was involved in the development of Ben Thompson, Aiden O’Brien, Fred Onyedinma and Tom King.

The Lions are set to shop on these shores ahead of the 2018-19 season.

“Foreign markets are unpredictable,” Harris said. “There is some great value but then you can get bad business deals as well.

“Millwall is a unique club and it’s harder to find players that are suited to what we want here. It’s a lot harder to get the character references that we want for any player we sign.

“We would never say never, but it is likely that for this summer at least we will be looking at the British market.

“At some point in the future we will expand the scouting department, whether that’s in January or beyond that.”

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John Kelly