IT seems only a matter of time before Steve Morison signs a new Millwall deal – with Neil Harris confirming he will be on the playing books next season.
Morison’s current contract runs out at the end of this season but the striker is likely to sign for another 12 months.
That would take the Lions skipper past his 36th birthday at the club, into an eighth full season with Millwall including one loan spell.
Morison has made 188 appearances in all competitions for Millwall since joining for a third time in August 2015. He is Millwall's all-time fifth top scorer in all competitions with 92 goals across his three spells.
Morison started his first game since December against former club Norwich last weekend, assisting Shaun Williams for the Lions’ goal in the 3-1 defeat.
The centre-forward has been used differently this season, with 18 of his 29 league appearances coming from the bench. He is an important figure around the Millwall dressing room, and Harris wants to retain that influence and experience next season.
Morison is currently completing his final coaching badge, the Pro Licence, but has no intention of hanging up his boots.
“Moro has been excellent and it’s not just about what he does on the pitch, it’s off the pitch as well,” Harris told NewsAtDen this week.
“Going into the Norwich game I’d not started Moro for a long time. He came on after 10 minutes against Hull and he was outstanding, won his headers, linked the play really well, had a real impact on the team, was a handful for defenders.
“I could see that hunger in Moro, he was ready to play again. Against Norwich, his old club where he gets a bit of stick, we needed his leadership and his decision-making, pressing from the front against the best football team in the division. He was really good.
“I’ve got him down for three assists in three games. I think he’s done well in that aspect.
“Moro will be here next year in a playing capacity because you need that leadership at the club. I’ve been really pleased with him and he’s got a huge part to play to the end of the season on and off the pitch, in the changing room.
“He’s really important to us.”
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