Millwall boss opens up on Troy Parrott’s time at the club

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Millwall boss Gary Rowett has admitted that the decision to cut short Troy Parrott’s loan spell at the club was a mutual one on the back of the striker’s struggles so far this season.

Parrott’s time at Millwall did not get off to the best of starts after the striker suffered ankle issues which put him out of action for the first few months of the season.

He struggled to win a regular place in the Lions’ side since regaining his fitness, with most of his eleven league appearances coming from the bench.

The 18-year-old did not manage to score a single competitive goal during his time at Millwall and looked short of confidence in front of goal.

Tottenham made the decision to recall him from his loan spell at the Championship side and send him to League One outfit Ipswich Town until the end of the season.

Rowett admitted that he enjoyed working with Parrott and that the striker could not have worked harder than he did during his spell at the club.

However, the 46-year-old admitted that things simply were not working for the Tottenham man at Millwall.

When asked about the decision to cut-short the teenager’s loan spell at the club, the Millwall boss told South London Press: “It is a mutual decision by everybody. First and foremost Troy fitted into the group fabulously. All the lads loved him.

“He worked so hard to try and get breaks in front of goal. He was doing extra training after the training sessions and coming in on his days off to work. I don’t think he could have done any more.

“Sometimes things just don’t fall for a player. I’m sure it didn’t work out how he wanted, we wanted or Tottenham wanted but now he drops down a level and tries to get more game time.

“We’ll see if he can get more chances and score some goals and use what he learned here to go on and have a successful second half of the season.

“It got to the point where if he wasn’t going to start that much and get that development time then that is no good to Tottenham and certainly isn’t for Troy. He goes with our blessing.

“I had a really good chat with Troy after our game. I gave him a big hug and wished him all the best. He has been a Millwall player and will always be welcome here any time.

“Sometimes it doesn’t work out and everyone has to be honest and make the decision.”

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It is never easy when a player goes to a club and picks up an injury which prevents him from having a full pre-season with his new teammates. The fact that Parrott was out of action for the first couple of months of the campaign meant that the team was settled when he came back to fitness and the Tottenham man was always playing catch up. Hopefully, the 18-year-old has a much bigger impact at Ipswich.

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