Millwall boss admits Darius Henderson departure to Nottingham Forest has left him with a headache
KENNY Jackett admits the departure of Darius Henderson has left him with a headache.
But the Millwall manager said he had little choice but to let the striker leave the New Den.
Henderson has left the play-off chasing London club for a move north to the City Ground – and another team with promotion aspirations.
But Jackett says he will bring in a replacement in an effort to ensure the Lions' hopes are not too badly damaged.
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"If we had not given him a new deal and not let him go, I don't think we would have got the best out of him," said Jackett. "Every player wants a
decision, to clarify his future – I understand that. And if other clubs are willing to take you, you want to sort it out. With everything being considered, I thought he should talk to them.
"But I have no intention of passing up the opportunity we have of getting into the play-offs.
"We do need fresh players to keep our momentum going. That is no disrespect to the ones here, it is because we have a small squad for the Championship.
"We do not want to fall away and will fight like mad to stay in contention for the play-offs."
Jackett, who signed former Red Nathan Tyson on loan last week, hopes to add another front man to his squad.
"The chairman is happy to back me and the team financially, during this window and after," said Jackett. "It is very easy to sign players but hard to sign good ones. If an option suddenly opens up, I will sign a striker, but the reality is that it's tough to do.
"We need to get to the situation where we have four experienced and quality strikers, so we have firepower on the bench.
"There has to be a degree of realism because attendances have been low – at our last three league games, it was around 10,000."