Manager hints at future of Millwall skipper

NEIL Harris has hinted Steve Morison’s Millwall playing career could extend into a fifth consecutive season.

Lions skipper Morison, 35, is out of contract in the summer and aiming to earn a new one-year deal.

Morison has started fewer games so far this season compared to at the same stage of the three previous seasons, but Harris has stressed his continued value to the club.

With Tom Elliott and Tom Bradshaw injured Morison could start against Everton in the FA Cup this weekend. Morison scored against Bournemouth in the third round in 2017 and then the winner against Watford in the next round.

When asked if a decision had been taken on Morison’s future, Harris answered: “No.” The Lions boss added: “I’ve been very clear before why I see there is an importance of having Steve Morison at this club. While I’m in charge there’s always a place for Steve Morison in my squad.

“Steve is in great shape. What’s important, and I’ve told Steve, is that he doesn’t pigeonhole himself into being a 30-minute man. He’s not that, he can start games and play 90 minutes, or 70 minutes and play very well.

“He came on in the third minute against Blackburn and played very well. It’s his impact in the changing room, off the bench or starting games when needed. While he can do all of those things and he understands when he’s needed and when he’s not needed, his importance off the pitch to the club and the fans, there’s always a place for him here. Like there was for Jimmy Abdou, like there was for Neil Harris, like there was for Tony Craig.

“It’s important that this club has those figures.”

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John Kelly