Gary Rowett has set Shane Ferguson a new target after the Millwall winger signed a new deal.
The Lions were ready to listen to offers for the Northern Ireland international in pre-season but the 28-year-old opted to stay and fight for a first-team spot. The club’s policy is not to disclose the length of contract extensions.
Lions manager Gary Rowett said: “He’s one who has offered some really good performances this season and is very versatile. He’s been a really important member of the squad.
“Fergie has got that extra quality and, like for many others, it is can he use that quality to help us be a little more clinical in the final third?
“He’s a good character and good footballer. At the moment, particularly in this period, those type of players are going to be invaluable next season and beyond. I’m really pleased that we got it sorted.”
The only established first-teamer whose deal is ticking down is Aiden O’Brien. The attacker has signed up for an extra month to cover the completion of the 2019-20 season.
“I’ve had a couple of discussions with Aiden and he’s keen to get more game time,” said Rowett. “We’re keen to try and leave at least a little bit of flexibility at the end of the season, depending what we need.
“Aiden has shown his love for the club by extending until the end of the season, regardless of his own personal situation. That shows what a good character he is.
“I’m a little bit gutted that he has picked up an injury and might struggle to play any of the games.”
Loanees Mason Bennett, Jayson Molumby, Ryan Woods and Luke Steele will remain with the Championship side until the campaign comes to a close.
U23 players Dan Moss, Isaac Olaofe and Rob Strachan have signed new contracts while Jayden Davis, Alex Mitchell, Hayden Muller and Sean O’Brien have penned their first professional deals.
George Alexander, Rueben Duncan, Danny McNamara, Harry Ransom, Ryan Sandford, Sam Skeffington, Besart Topalloj and Joe Wright have seen options in their terms triggered.
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