Chairman Berylson jets in to oversee Millwall contract talks

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CHAIRMAN John Berylson is jetting in from Boston to oversee contract talks with three of Millwall’s key players.

The Lions supremo wants to accelerate discussion with Paul Robinson, Liam Trotter and Jimmy Abdou, who have all been promised new deals.

It is rare for Berylson to involve himself personally in negotiations, which are usually handled by chief executive Andy Ambler, but the American is keen for the trio to put pen-to-paper before the start of the new season.

Skipper Robinson, 30, has been waiting to receive a contract offer for almost a year, having been given verbal assurances that an extension was imminent in the wake of Reading’s £700,000 bid for the defender last August.

Abdou, who was voted the club’s Player of the Year last season, joins Robinson in entering into the final 12 months of his current deal next month.

But NewsAtDen understands no talks are currently scheduled with winger James Henry – also out-of-contract next summer – despite his storming end to the last campaign.

Star midfielder Trotter still has two years to run on his deal but boss Kenny Jackett has been trying to tie down the 23-year-old since last August, when negotiations first began.

Trotter has been heavily linked with Southampton in the past month, with reports suggesting a bid of over £2million is imminent – though it is thought Millwall have received neither an enquiry or bid from the Premier League newcomers.