Coronavirus football suspension creates contract and loan uncertainty at Millwall

THE uncertainty over when the football season can recommence could be a complication for the contract situation at Millwall.

Professional football is currently suspended until April 30 but as of now there are no guarantees that leagues will resume then with the country in the grip of the Coronavirus crisis.

Millwall have stopped training, with their scheduled return on April 3 at the earliest. That changed from last week when the Lions were due in on Monday, after the football authorities extended the suspension of games and the government ordered pubs, restaurants and leisure facilities to shut.

Millwall had been in negotiations with players over new deals, and confirmed contracts for Shaun Hutchinson and Mahlon Romeo before the outbreak of the pandemic.

There are various clauses in players' contracts that activate automatic extensions or give the club the option of extending deals. Millwall also have options to sign on-loan pair Mason Bennett and Ryan Woods in the summer.

But all of that is now up in the air as Millwall like all clubs try to assess the financial ramifications that this crisis will have.

"It's all to be discussed and everyone is aware of those situations," Millwall chief executive Steve Kavanagh told the News. "There's a whole host of issues around that.

"Those matters are being discussed and considered and between us we will all come up with something that is fair and reasonable and is right to recognise this is an unprecedented situation."

Image: Millwall FC 

John Kelly