Millwall could be set for an interesting summer in 2021, with a number of players in Gary Rowett’s squad out-of-contract.
The likes of Alex Pearce, Shaun Williams, Ryan Leonard and Murray Wallace are all of out contract at the end of this season, and it remains to be seen as to whether they will be offered new deals anytime soon.
Millwall are currently sat fifth in the Championship table, and will be hoping they can mount a serious challenge for promotion into the Premier League this term.
Speaking in a recent interview (quotes sourced from News at Den), Millwall boss Gary Rowett wouldn’t be drawn into making much comment on their futures at the club.
“Last season we had hardly anyone out of contract. We had a couple in Fergie [Shane Ferguson] and Aiden [O’Brien]. This season we’ve got more, that’s just the way it works.
“We’re [six] games into the season. I think the fact that the season started later doesn’t really alter anything. Usually you sit down around January to discuss some of those players.”
Rowett also revealed that there isn’t a plan in place to discuss their futures at the club at this moment in time, as they focus on matters on the pitch for the time being.
“If there was anybody completely out of my plans then they wouldn’t be in the match-day 18 on a regular basis.
“We’ll deal with it when we get to it but there is no imminent plan either way.”
Millwall are set to return to action on Saturday, when they host Barnsley, in a match they’ll be expected to pick up three points from to remain in the top-six.
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They need to be careful here.
Millwall have a number of players that will surely be attracting interest from other clubs in the summer transfer window, and I think they should be looking to tie them down to new contracts at the earliest of opportunities.
The likes of Ryan Leonard could arguably be playing at a higher level than they currently are in the Championship, and is a player that I’d certainly be looking at tying to a new contract in the near future.
If they have their head turned from other interested parties, then Millwall could run the risk of losing them for free at the end of the 2020/21 season.