TOWN’S bid to beat Thursday’s loan deadline to land Millwall centre-back Zak Whitbread fell through.
The 25-year-old former Liverpool player, who has been capped by the USA at Under 23 level and has designs on becoming a full international, had talks with the Galpharm club.
But no deal could be agreed, so Whitbread remains at the New Den, at least until the transfer window reopens in January.
Whitbread, who is closing in on a return to action after a hip injury, was born in Houston, with his childhood split between Singapore and Liverpool, where he came through the Anfield club’s academy ranks to make seven first-team appearances.
After a spell on loan at Millwall, he joined permanently in the 2006 close-season.
He played in both games as the Lions did the double over Town last season and also figured in the play-offs, with Millwall beating Leeds in the semi-finals before going down 3-2 to Scunthorpe at Wembley.