CONSTANTINE Gonticas admits it will be at least "three or four years" before Millwall reap any benefits from the £1billion regeneration of the area around The Den.
Gonticas, who has been a director on the Lions board since 2006, says the club is approaching the Surrey Canal Project "opportunistically", in the hope it can profit from the 30-acre development scheme.
"At the moment, the board is drip-feeding the club," he told Lions Live. "My pocket knows it and John Berylson's pocket knows it.
"I've been here seven years and the windfall hasn't hit me yet so I think for the foreseeable future, not a lot is going to change.
"There will be three or four seasons at least of status quo. I don't foresee a windfall anytime soon."
And the 46-year-old says Millwall have to ensure that any conflict of interest with Renewal, the company masterminding the regeneration, is resolved to the benefit of the club.
"The club's position, as far as I see it, is two-fold," he added. "Firstly, we want to future-proof the club in any regeneration scheme.
"As the area changes, we all want to make sure that access to the stadium and all the other planning and traffic issues that affect a modern stadium are preserved.
"More opportunistically, we want to make sure that if there's a commercial opportunity for the club – to be able to monetize our position – we don't miss it.
"There is a competing regeneration scheme which is well-funded and has got good political support in the area, whose priorities are not the football club.
"We are working to make sure that we use all the leverage we have – because we are slap-bang in the middle of the scheme – to make sure the club is not disadvantaged or jeopardised."