Millwall boss on players' contract situations

NEIL Harris has admitted that the futures of some Millwall players will depend on whether the club retain their Championship status.

The Lions have a host of senior players due to be out of contract at the end of June. Millwall have offered a deal to Lee Gregory, and talks continue with several others. Shane Ferguson signed new terms on Wednesday.

Harris revealed there are yet to be decisions made on a number of players, with each individual situation different.

Gregory, at the age of 30, knows he probably has just one big move left in his career and he could pocket a significant signing-on fee if he leaves on a free transfer.

Millwall have worked to secure Aiden O'Brien, Mahlon Romeo, Jed Wallace, Ben Thompson and Fred Onyedinma on contracts to 2020 and beyond. Others such as Ryan Tunnicliffe and Tom Elliott are hoping to bag new deals.

Asked if what division Millwall are in next season will influence players’ futures, Harris said: “From the players' perspective, yeah.

He added: “We've had a busy period over the transfer window, bringing in Alex [Pearce] and Ben [Marshall] and trying to add to the squad.

“Now players are coming out of contract. Some are happy to be out of contract, some want new contracts and some are unsure. As a club we're quite similar: we want some to stay and are unsure on some whether we want them to be with us or whether they want to be with us.

“That's not in a negative way at all – that's just football business.

“I've had really good and honest conversations with my players, so they always know my thoughts. We just take one step at a time. We've got some good younger players all tied down to longer contracts, that's also important.”

Of more immediate concern for Millwall is Saturday’s fifth-round FA Cup clash against AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow.

Lions midfielder Ryan Leonard warned the Dons will be buoyed by knocking out West Ham in the last round.

“I’ve been there a few times and it’s not an easy place to play,” Leonard said. “It’s a tight stadium and their fans get behind them really well.

“It’s a local game and it’s going to be a very interesting game.

“I’ve played with a couple of their players over the years so I know their strengths and weaknesses. As a team you go into every game with a different tactic. They’ll probably go into it confident after beating West Ham in the last round that they can get the victory.

“It’s going to be a really intriguing game with both teams fancying their chances.”

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John Kelly