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Millwall boss Harris refuses to rule out loan move

23 February 2016

The manager on Marquis departure, Philpot and more

Millwall boss Neil Harris admits it was "hard to stand in the way" of John Marquis' loan move to Northampton Town, which was completed yesterday.

The striker had been featuring regularly from the bench in recent weeks but Harris has revealed that Marquis had shown a desire to leave for a better chance of starting matches week-in, week-out.

"John hasn't made many appearances for the club this season," Harris said.

"He has been in pretty much every matchday squad while he has been here and featured a few times from the bench, but he has not been able to force his way in front of Steve Morison, Lee Gregory and Aiden O'Brien and into the starting line-up.

"Naturally John has been frustrated, and despite that he has shown a terrific desire and attitude to be involved. But he wants to be playing more and starting games and Northampton will give him that opportunity.

"It was hard to stand in the way of it and I would just like to thank John for his efforts this season."

Marquis' move to Northampton has produced a gap in Millwall's squad and while Harris hasn't ruled out the prospect of bringing someone in on loan, he also believes it is an opportunity for one or two younger players to make the step up.

"Jamie Philpot is fit and healthy and has been in the last few matchday squads," the boss added.

"John's departure certainly gives him an opportunity to come into the reckoning and I'm keen to see more of Fred Onyedinma, which was in my thought process as well.

"We continue to monitor players who could make the squad better. We have a very competitive group at the moment and I'm very conscious of the team spirit which has been built this season. Key to our recruitment strategy is bringing in the right characters.

"There is an opportunity to bring someone in with John, Lee Martin and Paris Cowan-Hall out on loan. But I'm diligent to the fact that we're in a good place as a group. If we do look to bring someone in it will have to be the right fit for the squad."

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