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Gary Rowett sends positive transfer message about Millwall before Friday’s deadline



Gary Rowett is optimistic that Millwall can make another couple of signings before the domestic transfer window closes on Friday.

The Lions have already signed Ryan Woods, Troy Parrott and Scott Malone on season-long loan deals – whilst also securing the permanent services of Mason Bennett after a successful spell during the second half of last campaign.

However, Millwall have added to their squad since the Derby pair joined at the end of August and have seen midfielder Ben Thompson linked with a move to former side Portsmouth.

Meanwhile, Tottenham loanee Parrott, who has been plagued with injuries since making the switch, reducing him to just 45 competitive in a Lions shirt, isn’t expected to return from ankle ligament damage until next month.

Millwall still have Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, Matt Smith and Tom Bradshaw up front, but the attacking trio have notched just once between them in the Lions’ opening five Championship matches.

“The challenge is that there are maybe 10 obvious players that people are after but the reality is if they are Premier League players then they are on Premier League wages,” the Lions boss told South London Press.

“Not every club, like ours, follows the structure of FFP, so clubs will push incredibly hard. We’re not prepared to go to the same levels.

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“We’ll try to make one or two additions but don’t forget Troy is coming back in around three or four weeks time and he’ll feel like a new signing.

“And there are players who haven’t had the opportunity to perform in our team like Conor [Mahoney], who did really well in pre-season, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and Smudge [Matt Smith] – who was our top scorer last season. We have got players waiting to get an opportunity.

“We will look. Every manager does. But it is not an easy market, not an easy situation to go and get someone who makes you better within our structure wage wise.”

The Verdict

When Rowett has everyone fit and available, Millwall have a squad capable of challenging for the top-six in what appears one of the most opening Championship campaigns ever.

However, Parrott’s injuries have been a major problem, but Rowett’s quote don’t suggest that another forward will be signed – with the teenager expected to return in the coming weeks.

If Thompson gets his wish of a loan move, another midfielder will signed, whilst Jiri Skalak could also leave, which would free up another attacking place.

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