BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Millwall manager Gary Rowett doesn’t believe that Jayson Molumby’s promotion to the senior Republic of Ireland squad will hinder their hopes of bringing him back to The Den.
The 21-year-old midfielder made his debut for his country in a 1-0 UEFA Nations League defeat to Finland at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on Saturday.
Molumby loved his season-long stay with the Lions in the previous campaign and his positive comments helped persuade Tottenham striker Troy Parrott to make the same switch.
And Rowett reckons Molumby’s situation is unchanged.
“I don’t think that [his international promotion] will be an issue – the issue has always been down to whether he gets into Brighton’s squad or team this season,” said Rowett.
“If he doesn’t and Brighton sign one or two players as the window goes on there is always an opportunity that Jayson might come out – but we don’t know that.
“Brighton have been quite clear where they are on that and rightly so – he is a good young player and belongs to them. They’ve got to use him how they see fit and how best for his development.
“If he does go out on loan I’m sure we’re a possible option for that and it’s whether at that point we want to bring another midfielder in or Brighton and Jayson choose to come to us.
“It’s down to many, many factors. I don’t think it’s changed the situation for Jayson – he wants to play but at the moment he is a Brighton player.”
Millwall have also been linked with a loan move for Manchester United teenager James Garner.
The 19-year-old midfielder has reportedly met with Huddersfield Town head coach Carlos Corberan. Blackburn are also being credited with an interest.
“We get linked to a lot of players and some of the stories have an element of truth in it and some have no element of truth,” said Rowett.
“At this time of year agents and clubs drum up interest. Most of the time it is better if I don’t give an exact prognosis whether it is true or not.
“We are still looking at various areas and my job is to keep seeing where we might be able to improve. Then it is down to me to ask the club and John [Berylson, owner] if it is possible within the bounds we have to work with.”
Millwall start their Championship season tomorrow at home to Stoke City.
Ryan Woods is ineligible to feature as part of his loan.
And Rowett also expects the fixture to come too soon for Parrott (quad) and Mahlon Romeo (groin).
“Mahlon is due to train the last couple of days this week so he is close but probably is not quite fit enough – although we won’t rule him out yet,” said the Lions chief.
“With Troy we’re mindful not to rush him.
“We desperately want him back but it was always originally a three-four week injury and it now looks a little bit like that length.
“It will probably be another week before we see Troy play. When you’ve had a quad injury you’ve got to be careful you don’t come back too early – we saw that with Thommo [Ben Thompson] and Lenny [Ryan Leonard] both getting re-injured.”
Ryan Sandford also has a knock and with Frank Fielding not fully fit yet it means that 18-year-old keeper Joe Wright could be back up to Bart Bialkowski this weekend.
“I know my team apart from maybe a couple of positions,” said Rowett. “It was probably the same last season – a couple you can really debate and challenge yourself on. The rest was pretty consistent.
“There are one or two areas dictated by form but we had a settled look last season. I don’t anticipate that changing.”
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