BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Lee Gregory is set to leave Millwall this summer – with manager Neil Harris revealing the Championship side have never been allowed to enter “serious” talks over extending his stay.
The 30-year-old, who made his 235th appearance for the Lions in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Stoke City, is out of contract at the end of June.
He netted his 63rd goal for Millwall in their Good Friday game against Brentford, putting him joint 11th in the club’s scoring charts alongside John Shepherd and Alex Rae.
Gregory is the club’s top scorer with 12 this season.
“Lee has been offered various contracts by the club but we’ve never entered serious negotiations with his representatives,” said Harris. “So Lee staying with us next season is highly unlikely at the moment.
“He’s made it clear that family come first, and we all know that in life, and he’s a northern boy.
“I never give up hope on Lee staying. He is one I’d certainly like to continue working with. He has been hugely important to our club but is very unlikely to stay.”
But Harris has confirmed that he wants to try and secure Derby loanee Alex Pearce on a new deal – and that David Martin’s impressive form in goal is also likely to lead to an offer.
All four keepers – Martin, Jordan Archer, Ben Amos and Tom King – are in the closing weeks of their terms as well.
Pearce sees his deal at Pride Park expire this summer.
“Pearcey has come in and his leadership qualities as a defender, his qualities as a man and professional has been outstanding,” said Harris. “I’ve been so impressed with him.
“As a player and as a person, he is a player I’d definitely like to keep at the club and work with moving forward.
“We have got four senior goalkeepers out of contract this summer and there are decisions to be made on those. They will be made within eight to nine days.
“What I will say is that Dave Martin has come in from nowhere really and performed admirably well.
“He has been outstanding personality-wise and playing-wise. He is a leader of the group. He’s made some key saves.
“Dave has really pushed himself into the front of my thoughts in terms of staying with us.
“There are conversations to be had with these lads but those players have also got decisions of their own to make. They are all at key stages of their careers – Ben, Jordan and Tom.
“They are all at slightly different ages. But what do they need from their careers? They need to play regular first-team football. There are conversations to be had with all the goalkeepers.
“There are some decisions which have been made without speaking to players. There will be decisions made in the players’ eyes as well, where maybe they don’t necessarily want to be with us next season.
“I’ve know for a period of time that we’ve needed adjustment to the squad. We need more strength in depth and more quality in this squad at this level.
“We have to move forward with players committed to this football club.
“There have been challenges with players not being available for selection for various reasons and injuries to players at key times.
“Having Murray [Wallace], Bradders [Tom Bradshaw] as well as Ben Thompson at the start of next season will be like three new players. We look forward to having them in the group.”
Harris also claimed there have been “off-the-field” issues this season. When asked what that meant, he replied: “I can’t comment on that at the moment. More might come to light after the season finishes.”
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