Dougie Freedman frustrated as Millwall recall Bolton Wanderers loan star Liam Feeney
DOUGIE Freedman took a swipe at Millwall for reneging on their deal to loan out Liam Feeney for three months – but believes he will have the last laugh.
The Wanderers boss has been left with a hole on his right wing after the Lions invoked a 28-day recall clause in the contract to take the 26-year-old back to The Den.
Freedman says the London club changed their tune after seeing he had made a big impact at the Reebok in his first two starts and tried to force through a permanent deal ahead of schedule.
But while the Scot admits the loan “backfired,” forcing him back to square one on the right of his attack heading into tomorrow’s home game against Ipswich Town, he now plans to pick up Feeney for nothing next summer after his deal has expire.
“I’m disappointed because the deal was three months, and they insisted we keep him for three months and now they’ve taken him back after 28 days,” Freedman said.
“It’s in the contract and fair enough, it’s in any contract, but this is what happens when you have loan players. You are at the hands of other clubs and it has backfired a bit.
“He did well for us and we wish him luck. I know his contract is up at the end of the season and we’ll be looking at that then.”
It had initially been indicated Millwall would wait until after this weekend to recall Feeney but with injuries mounting ahead of their game at Reading tomorrow the Lions have stuck to the letter of the clause.
Sources close to Feeney said the winger was “gutted” to leave Wanderers and it now remains to be seen how he fares for the rest of the season under manager Steve Lomas, who had not used him in a league game before sending him out on loan.
“When he came here he definitely didn’t have one of those clown smiles, put it that way,” Freedman said. “It was maybe the other way because he wasn’t enjoying his football.
“We brought him here and this group suited him. The way we played suited him.
“He had a couple of games that he was really effective in and I don’t imagine he’ll be running back there.
“Millwall are his parent club and they have called him back. I can’t do a lot about that.”
Freedman has said he will not rush into a replacement signing and ruled out bringing anyone else in before the Ipswich game.
He added: “I could move us forward quicker but when you are making sure the club is on a stable financial footing and trying to make sure it keeps going forward, I’ve never been one just to go out there and get someone just because they are available.
“We’ll go back to the recruitment side and work hard, make sure we get value for money. I think the Bolton fans are starting to appreciate that.”