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Harris hopeful over Lions future

Millwall

Neil Harris believes he has done everything he can to change Millwall boss Kenny Jackett's mind about releasing him at the end of the season.

Harris was told a few months ago that his contract would not be renewed.

But the 30-year-old striker told BBC London 94.9: "I try to be the best player in training everyday and work my socks off and that's all you can do.

"I've asked for chances, I've wanted to play, always wanted to play, I've never shirked responsibility."

The striker set up one goal and converted a penalty on Saturday as the Lions beat Carlisle 3-0 to secure their future in League One.

It was easy going into the game because it wasn't about me

Neil Harris

He was given a standing ovation by home fans, who also called for him to stay.

"The last time I spoke to the manager officially was a few months ago and he said there wouldn't be a contract for me next year, he's happy with players he's got and coming through and that would be it," Harris added.

"That could have been my last appearance at the club and I wanted to make it as memorable as possible, not just for me but for the fans here and everybody that's supported me for the last 10 years.

"It was easy going into the game because it wasn't about me, the bigger picture was the club - we needed the points, we needed to get safe."

His play was good, his leadership was terrific and it was a major contribution to a good day for us

Jackett on Harris

Harris' future will be discussed at a board meeting on Monday.

Jackett said: "My planning for next year, who stays, who doesn't, my budget is now something I can finally look at and plan and try to bring together.

"It's nice to go into the last week of the season knowing where we are, knowing our status and then planning for next year and obviously Neil comes into that situation.

"I thought he was excellent in a very good team performance.

"The team played very well but Neil played very well and as well as his play I felt he showed leadership for us. As a manager that's something that maybe the supporters don't always assess as well.

"His play was good, his leadership was terrific and it was a major contribution to a good day for us."




see also
Millwall 3-0 Carlisle
26 Apr 08 |  League One
Jackett wants more Millwall goals
25 Apr 08 |  Millwall


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