Harris silent on Millwall contracts – with focus on Reading and Wigan Athletic

MILLWALL boss Neil Harris isn’t discussing out-of-contract players – instead insisting he is focusing only on the next two league games.

Lee Gregory is one of a number of players who would become free agents next summer if Millwall can’t agree new deals or don’t activate extensions, with the list also including club skipper Steve Morison.

Saturday’s goal scorers in the 2-1 win over Aston Villa, Shane Ferguson and Tom Elliott, signed contracts until the summer of 2019.

Both struggled to feature regularly this season before starting the last two games, Ferguson also getting an assist in the 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest.

Ferguson didn’t rule out a loan move away from the club when asked if it was a possibility in the summer, but he is now keeping Aiden O’Brien and Jiri Skalak out of the side after not starting a league game in over eight months before Forest.

Harris was asked this week by NewsAtDen about Ferguson’s future.

“I’m not going to talk about individual players and contracts,” he responded. “We’re setting our sights in the very short term individually and as a group. Our focus now is on players coming back from international duty fit and healthy, me picking the right team for Reading and then after Reading I’ll focus on Wigan and so on.

“Anything after that is not in my focus at the moment.

“Shane Ferguson has played two outstanding games of football, showing his class and quality and the biggest thing of all is he has shown real desire to come into the team and grab the shirt. That’s all I want from the players, those individual performances and someone saying to me, ‘when you give me a chance, boss, I want that shirt’. Shane Ferguson has done that.”

Meanwhile Harris took the squad paintballing during the last international break, a team-building exercise after three defeats in a row leading up to it.

But there are no plans for a similar kind of outing over the next ten days.

Harris said: “There will be a lot of hard work. The players are going to graft. We’ve seen some really honest performances on the back of some really honest training sessions.

“It’s important that we keep that level of momentum going, so training will certainly be competitive. There is a lot of work we need to do on the training pitch to keep our standards and improve our standards.”

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John Kelly