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Jackett looks to work his magic in as loan window opens

Millwall manager Kenny Jackett. Picture: Chris Ison/PA Wire Millwall manager Kenny Jackett. Picture: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Saturday, September 8, 2012
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Transfer news: Millwall boss looking to add reinforcements

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Millwall manager Kenny Jackett is looking to work some magic in the loan market after a quiet final week to the transfer window.

The Lions only let Darren Ward leave for Swindon on loan and did not sign any reinforcements for the season ahead.

But with the loan window now open, the Lions could strengthen their side.

“We didn’t bring anybody in during the final week of August,” Jackett said. “Darren Ward went out on loan to Swindon.

“We’re always looking and I don’t think we’ll be the big hitters in terms of what we’re bringing in.

“You’re always looking at centre forwards. We’re working hard with the likes of Shaun Batt, before his injury had good form for Millwall.

“John Marquis was also there. We want to give the players that we have every opportunity.

“We’re always looking for players.

“We’re not going to be big players when two or three clubs have got involved. We’ll wait and see.”

One of the reasons for the lack of strengthening is that Millwall have one of the lowest budgets in the Championship and are competing against former Premier League clubs who have parachute payments to help them.

“The TV money has really stretched the Championship in terms of investment,” Jackett explained.

“We lost to a late goal against Sheffield Wednesday after having a lead.

“You could see some anxiety in the players against Middlesbrough.

“Finishing the game off today will give them confidence.”

Thankfully for the Lions, they were also able to hold onto the likes of Liam Trotter, who had been linked with a move away from the club with Aston Villa apparently interested.

“We want to hold onto our better players,” Jackett said. “If we can add quietly along the way, like we did with Karleigh Osborne I’ll be happy.”

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