Lisbie hopeful of Lions stay

On-loan striker looking for permanent deal despite ankle problem

Lisbie: Keen to stay at Millwall and hopes his ankle injury will not prove to be a stumbling block

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On-loan striker Kevin Lisbie hopes that his recent ankle injury will not change Millwall manager Kenny Jackett's mind about extending his stay.

The former Jamaican international is set to become a free agent in the summer with his contract at parent club Ipswich set to expire.

The 32-year-old has impressed during a season-long loan spell with the Londoners and he has told that he would like to remain at the club beyond this season.

"I sat down with the manager just before this injury and we had a good chat about the future and I was delighted to be told that they'd like to offer me a contract to stay beyond this season, but that was before the injury," said Lisbie.


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"Hopefully, things haven't changed too much when we sit down at the end of the season and we can agree a new contract because ideally I'd love to stay here.

"It doesn't look like I will be able to play again this season, which is disappointing because I had just got back into the team and we are still going for the play-offs.

"I felt like me and Steve Morison were gelling quite well and looking forward to the run-in, but these things happen in football I guess.

Play-off hope

"It isn't as bad as first feared though, with no operation required, so that is a good thing to come out of it.

"I've not heard anything from Ipswich, so I presume that I will be leaving there in the summer and that was one of the reasons I chose to come out on loan to Millwall at the start of the season because my future back there looked bleak."

Millwall's 2-1 defeat at Coventry last weekend left them four points adrift of the play-off places, but Lisbie insists that no one will be giving up on finishing inside the top six just yet.

He explained: "Well, since I've been out injured we have only managed to pick up one point from a possible six, so our play-off chances have been cut down a little, but no one will give up until the season is over.

"There are a fair few sides challenging Leeds for the final play-off place and we proved that we can match the best of them, including Leeds, recently, so if we can get back to winning ways against Preston (on Saturday) and give it a really good go then you never know what can happen."

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