Fred refused to play for Milwall at The Den

MILLWALL boss Neil Harris revealed Fred Onyedinma refused to play last season after being picked in the side.

Onyedinma, 22, completed a move to Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday for an undisclosed fee. The attacker signed a three-year deal with the League One side.

Millwall brought in Jason McCarthy from Wycombe on the same day, though they were separate deals. Wycombe will pay Barnsley some of the fee as part of a sell-on clause included in the defender’s move from the Tykes to the Chairboys.

Harris had said previously Onyedinma didn’t want to play for the club again. And the Lions manager revealed to NewsAtDen this week that Onyedinma refused to play after being picked in games last season.

Onyedinma was involved in pre-season and went to Portugal, where he featured in games against Fleetwood and Braga. Onyedinma wasn’t in the squad against Real Sociedad last weekend as he finalised his transfer away from south London.

Harris also said that Onyedinma didn’t want to play at The Den, and added that “outside influences” had affected the player.

“Jason comes in to Millwall, Fred’s gone the other way to Wycombe. Fred has got huge potential, I believe he’s a real talent and he’s enjoyed working with Wycombe in the past, the loan spells have been good for him,” Harris said.

“Fred made it abundantly clear to me last season that he didn’t want to play at The Den. A couple of times I picked him to play and he said he didn’t want to play.

“I think outside influences have got to Fred in recent times, and it’s a real shame because he could have had real potential with us as a group.

“He’s a lovely lad, a real character. We’ve known him since he was very young at this football club. I gave him his debut.

“So it’s a sad day to see him go, but I wish him well and wish him every success in his development at Wycombe. I hope he performs very well for them.”

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John Kelly