MATT Millar concedes he is taking a risk by going into the off-season without a club.
The Jets are certainly interested in retaining the high velocity wingback.
But after getting a taste of English football during a loan stint at League One club Shrewsbury Town last year, Millar wants to return and believes the best way is as a free agent.
Shrewsbury boss Steve Cotterill was keen to extend Millar's stay but baulked at the $50,000 transfer fee.
"The aim is to test myself again overseas," Millar said. "I had a good crack and in the end an agreement couldn't be reached. The big goal is for me to get back over there.
"It is a bit of a risk not having a contract lined up after June ... being a free agent, hopefully something comes up. If not we will readdress it then. I am in regular chats with Craig Deans and the management here."
Shrewsbury Town, in the relegation zone when Millar arrived in October on a three-month deal, climbed the ladder to finish 17th. They have 14 senior players off contract and like most clubs are assessing their roster now the season is complete.
"There have been some early talks," Millar said. "I just have to be patient."
Millar, who contracted COVID-19 during his stay in England, has struggled to recapture his game-changing form from 2019-20.
But he returned to his best in the 1-all draw with Sydney FC on Saturday night.
With Jason Hoffman tucked in as midfielder, Millar ran riot down the right touchline.
"It has been frustrating because I wanted to have the impact I had last year, and build on that," he said. "You can try as much as you want, what happened on the weekend was that we got the structure right. I had Hoffy pulling off the line and causing troubles for their defenders, not knowing who to mark. It frees me up if he comes off the line and a defender comes with him. It is about having the understanding and the timing right. It is all starting to click. It's disappointing that it is at this point in the season."
Next for the Jets and Millar is an F3 derby at home on Saturday night.
"It is always good to play in a derby," Millar said. "The way we have been performing lately, we have a lot of confidence.
"For us it is about not losing another game. Regardless of where we are on the table we have something to fight for. We don't want to end up bottom of the ladder. That is a massive thing."
The Mariners will have Marcos Urena available after the Costa Rican had his suspension reduced by a game. Urena was initially shown a yellow card for his challenge on the Jay O'Shea in the Mariners' 4-0 loss to Brisbane but on VAR review referee Alex King issued a straight red card.
The Mariners appealed the severity of Urena's ban, with the A-League's disciplinary committee reducing the suspension to two games. The Mariners play the Roar again tonight.
Meanwhile, former Newcastle Jet Antonee Burke has signed with the Roar for the remainder of the season as an injury replacement for Jack Hingert.
Burke had been playing for Altona in the Victoria VPL.
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