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Millwall make first move towards solving goalkeeping conundrum

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Millwall goalkeeper Ryan Sandford has put pen to paper on fresh terms at the New Den, the club has confirmed.

The 20-year-old featured for the Lions’ U23 side last season, but he will be looking to break into Neil Harris’ first team squad when the new season kicks off in August.

This is particularly the case given that Millwall’s retained list revealed the club has released two of their goalkeepers in Jordan Archer and Tom King, while David Martin signed for West Ham last week.

This means that Sandford will likely be more involved next season, but he will still play understudy to the senior goalkeepers Millwall are likely to bring in during the summer transfer window.

Sandford’s previous deal would have seen him leave the club at the end of the month, but the length of his new contract has not been specified by the club.

The goalkeeper was most recently out on loan at Welling United, while he has also been capped at England Under 16, Under 17 and Under 18 levels in the past.

The Verdict

It will come as a small relief to Millwall fans to know they have at least one goalkeeper secured for next season, but Sandford’s inexperience at a high level means he cannot be the club’s first choice.

The fact he has been involved with the England set-up suggests he is a goalkeeper with plenty of potential, and he will benefit from working with the first team regularly next season.

The goalkeeper position will surely be one of Harris’ priorities in the transfer market this summer.

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