Dougie Freedman stands firm over Millwall's Liam Feeney recall claims
DOUGIE Freedman is not willing to be bullied into submission by Millwall to strike an early deal to sign Liam Feeney.
The Wanderers boss came out fighting yesterday after the Lions went public with their intention to call the in-form winger back early from a three-month loan.
Feeney has been a revelation since arriving at the Reebok three games ago but could be hauled back to South London on October 26.
Millwall boss Steve Lomas wants cash up front to fund his own signings – but Freedman is willing to call the Northern Irishman’s bluff, even if it means losing Feeney’s services until January.
Detailing the original deal, Freedman confirmed a fee was already in place to sign the 26-year-old on a permanent basis.
“We were told we must have him for three months; you can’t have him for a month, which I was delighted with,” he revealed. “And after the third month there is an option to buy him at X amount of money.
“I said to the chairman ‘that’s a good deal because after three months I can tell you if he is worth that sort of money’ Now, two games into that, people are saying ‘what’s your decision?’ “They were the ones who insisted we should have Liam for three months. The hiccup is there is a recall clause and it is their privilege to call him back.
“If they call him back after 28 days I can’t do a lot. But is the boy going to be upset going back to somewhere he wasn’t playing, low on confidence? You are going to have to ask him.”
Feeney was well out of the first team picture earlier this season but his stock has risen considerably in the last few weeks. The sale of James Henry to Wolves has also heightened Millwall’s search for a wide man.
It is understood that they are struggling to meet the financial demands of one potential signing, former Wolves midfielder Stephen Hunt, and that could explain their need for a speedier resolution.
“I did a deal and I am sticking to my side of the deal,” Freedman said yesterday. ”After three months we will give you a ‘yes or a no’ on this money. After two games it is difficult to say what we are going to do. Millwall are going to have to weigh up the situation.
“Is he going to come back happy and full of confidence? Or is he going to come back to somewhere he wasn’t playing? It is a decision that is out of our hands.”