Millwall under-23s boss Kevin Nugent has told the club’s official website of his delight after Abdul Abdulmalik signed a new contract with the Lions yesterday.
The highly rated 18-year-old forward had previously been out of contract and for a time appeared set to leave the confines of the Den in search of a new opportunity as he took in a few trials with various other clubs.
However the teenager has now put pen to paper on a new deal with his boyhood club, signing for an initial year, with Millwall possessing the option to extend the terms by a further 12 months should they wish to do so further down the line.
Speaking shortly after the news of the agreement was announced, Nugent had this to say on the player:
“Abdul has done really well for the club in recent years.
“He possesses great ability and potential for such a young man and we look forward to him maximising both of those attributes here at Millwall.
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“He rejoins a group of talented youngsters hoping to make their own breakthrough and pathway to the first-team, as we have seen so many times in the past. Myself and my staff look forward to working with him once again.”
The forward is yet to have made his senior debut for the Lions and was involved in the under-23 game against Cardiff City yesterday.
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Abdulmalik will now be looking to break into’s Gary Rowett’s first team plans moving forwards after committing his future to the club.
This is a great bit of business from Millwall as they have now tied down one of their most promising talents to a new contract.
Abdulmalik had originally seemed set to leave for pastures new, but now it is clear that he wants to stay put and push on with the club that have given him so many opportunities.
If he impresses at academy level, there is no reason why he can’t force his way into the first team picture in South London.
Millwall have already shown that they are willing to give their academy graduates a chance and the hope will be now that Abdulmalik will be the next to progress to senior level.