Newcastle loan player gets brief extension to allow time for permanent deal to be agreed
Newcastle loan player, Shane Ferguson, has had his loan period extended at Millwall only by a matter of days.
The winger joined the Lions on an original 93 day loan and today that has been extended to 23 January (11 days time).
At the weekend, Millwall manager Neil Harris confirmed that they were trying to buy Ferguson on a permanent deal and had put in an offer, which he said they would have to wait for a few days to see what would happen.
Clearly Newcastle haven’t agreed to that first offer and so the extra days will allow the winger to stay at Millwall and continue to train and play with his on-loan team-mates, whilst at the same give time to sort a permanent arrangement out.
Recent days had seen a similar arrangement at Coventry City, where they are trying to buy Gael Bigirimana on a permanent deal.
This is what Neil Harris said at the weekend and below that is Millwall’s official statement today, confirming the small loan extension.
Neil Harris – 9 January 2016:
“We have put in a really strong bid for his services permanently.
“We will just have to wait for the next few days to see what happens. The chairman has backed the bid and we will see how it unfolds.
“He has shown his quality – and he has the Euros coming up in the summer. There is so much more to come from him.
“We would like to have him long-term and at least for the rest of the season if it cannot be next season.
“But he might wait until after the Euros before making a decision.
“He has really enjoyed his time here – he has played a large percentage of his career with us. He enjoys playing at left-back and in left midfield.
“He is a great lad. He is very popular in the dressing room and he and his girlfriend like London. He wants to be part of what we are doing.
“All we can do is give the offer we think Newcastle would accept and try and get him to come long-term.”
Millwall Official Statement – 12 January 2016:
‘Newcastle United midfielder will now stay at The Den until 23rd January
Shane Ferguson’s loan deal at Millwall has been extended until Saturday 23rd January.
The Northern Ireland international originally joined The Lions on a 93-day loan from parent club Newcastle United 24 hours before the opening day of the 2015/16 season.
He has made 29 appearances in total for Neil Harris’ side, scoring two goals, both of which came in a 4-1 win against Colchester United in November.
Shane will be eligible to play for The Lions against Oxford United in Thursday’s JPT Southern Area Final first leg, the rearranged home game with Port Vale on Sunday 17th January and Millwall’s League One trip to Chesterfield the following Saturday.’
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