BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Ben Thompson has verbally agreed a new contract at Millwall – with boss Neil Harris challenging him to be a driving force for the club next season.
The Lions youngster was one of their most impressive performers in the second half of the last Championship campaign.
And Millwall have moved quickly to secure the 23-year-old on extended and improved terms.
The South London Press revealed recently that Thompson was close to putting pen to paper on a new contract.
Harris said: “At present we have verbally agreed a deal with Ben to stay at the club and commit his long-term future to us.
“We’ll have to wait until it is officially released by the club, but we have to appreciate that the club have recognised Ben’s growing potential and performances – and Ben has shown loyalty to the club, the fact he wants to carry on developing with us.
“He had a great spell at Portsmouth [on loan] and really caught the eye of the fans, staff and dressing room with his performances for us.
“I want to see a lot more of that from Ben Thompson next season. I expect him to nail down a regular starting position and really carry the team at times.
“I expect his performances to keep growing and also improving his defensive side of the game as well – we know he is an attacking threat and can score goals.”