Now the season’s over for most teams, sides have been announcing their retained list for next season.
Millwall put their’s out this week and one of the released names was Connor Mahoney.
Mahoney arrived at The Den in 2019 after being bought from Bournemouth.
Since joining the side, the 25-year-old has made 68 appearances in all competitions. However, only 19 of these have been league starts and this season he only started one game.
Therefore it may not have been a surprise to all to see him released this summer.
The winger has had some hard times with Millwall having suffered with injuries which led him to miss large chunks of the season both this year and last year and although he scored all of his five goals for the club under the management of Gary Rowett, the manager explained the reason not to keep him on as News at Den: “Connor’s been really unfortunate, just the way it’s worked.
“He didn’t quite fit into what we were trying to do.
“But he’s a talented player. He’s got really nice ability, as we know.
“He’s another one that needs to go somewhere next season and play regularly and get his career back on track. Every player needs to have that opportunity.
“Obviously after two or three years of not playing regularly at Millwall he needs to have the chance to do that.
“So he’s one that won’t be retained and for his sake he needs to go and kick-start his career, and hopefully he will do.
“He’s a really nice lad and he’s a talented footballer.”
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It’s a shame it didn’t work out for the player at Millwall but it seems as though it ended on good terms and this was a decision that was best for both parties.
Mahoney has struggled with his injuries since being at Millwall which has made it hard for him to get a solid run of games in the squad and ultimately if he is to succeed, he needs the opportunity to be playing regularly.
The 25-year-old has shown glimpses of his talent and the hope will now be that he can go and show the extent of his talent at another club.
Rowett had the player’s best interests at heart when making this decision and genuinely hopes the player succeeds which tells you a lot about the character he is.