SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson has claimed Nick Montgomery still has a future at Bramall Lane despite being allowed to join Millwall on loan.
Montgomery, the South Yorkshire club’s captain and longest-serving player, yesterday completed a loan move to the capital and is poised to make his debut for Kenny Jackett’s side at Doncaster Rovers tonight.
Admitting the decision to let Montgomery leave was “a big call”, Wilson said: “Of course I still see Monty as having a long-term future here.
“He just needed to get games and he needed to get some competitive football, which I completely understand.
“It was a tough decision but, as I’ve maintained all along, the club must come first,
“We feel that Monty getting games is actually going to be better for us.
“He’s going out on loan for one reason and one reason only and that is that it helps us.”
Wilson added: “Monty will come back to us and he’ll come back firing on all cylinders, which can only be of help.”
Montgomery has made nearly 400 appearances for United since graduating from Bramall Lane’s youth system in October 2000 but has struggled to command a regular starting role of late.
A member of the team which gained promotion to the Premier League in 2006, he is scheduled to rejoin Wilson’s squad ahead of their final game of the season at Exeter City on May 5.
Wilson, speaking ahead of tonight’s match at Notts County, said: “Monty is still under contract with us.
“In an ideal world he wouldn’t be leaving at all but he wanted to play some games and that’s something I appreciate, respect and understand.”