The 23-year-old cemented his place as Rowett’s clear first-choice right wing-back last term but had to settle for a spot on the bench against Stoke in the Lions’ 2022/23 Championship opener with Ryan Leonard starting in his stead.
Speaking to South London Press after the game, the Millwall boss indicated the decision to leave the defender out was linked to the R’s pursuit of him this summer.
He said: “You make a decision based on what you see in pre-season.
“I think it’s been well-documented that there’s been a little bit of uncertainty about Danny’s situation – made it very difficult for him to be fully focused today.”
Football League World exclusively revealed back in June that the west London club were keen on signing McNamara as new manager Mick Beale looked to strengthen his options at right-back.
The R’s have had multiple bids rejected since but while the defender’s contract situation remains unresolved, they will feel they’ve got a chance of prizing him away from The Den.
McNamara’s current deal expires next summer and he is yet to agree new terms despite an offer from Millwall being on the table.
Rowett made an eye-catching decision leaving the defender out against Stoke but ultimately he was vindicated as his side ran out 2-0 winners.
McNamara was one of Millwall’s most impressive players last season and looks to have a bright future ahead of him but it appears he may see limited opportunities while his situation remains unresolved.
Until the window closes or he signs a new deal, the R’s will believe a move is possible.
They may have had their offers rejected so far but with just a year left in his contract, the Lions may be forced to reconsider should an agreeable bid come in.