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Bailey tipped to be a "big, big player" for Millwall this year

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IAN Holloway claims Millwall midfielder Nicky Bailey has rolled back the years with his pre-season performances.

Bailey, who has worked tirelessly over the summer months to improve his fitness, is in the running to be named Lions captain for the 2014-15 campaign.

And Holloway says the 30-year-old has been showing the form that led Middlesbrough to part with £1.4million for him in 2010.

The Putney-born star scored a fine solo goal in an inter-squad friendly at The Den last week as preparations for the new season stepped up a gear.

"He was absolutely brilliant for the team that won 3-1," Holloway said.

"He scored a fantastic goal – he won it back in midfield and belted it past Stephen Bywater like he wasn’t there.

"It was the same Nicky who used to play years ago and cost a lot of money.

"He's really important to us and we tend to win when he plays. He could be a big, big player for us this season."

Asked whether he was any closer to naming his captain, Holloway added: "That will resolve itself.

"But every day we're communicating better as a group. We're getting confrontations but it's safe conflict – I want the players to own it and set their own rules."

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10 thoughts on “Bailey tipped to be a "big, big player" for Millwall this year

  • August 1, 2014 at 12:44
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    We all hope this comes true, we need BIG, big players this season. ( NOLU, WDC ).

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  • August 1, 2014 at 12:48
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    I thought he was going to score a few goals last season but that never happened.
    This season could well be different.

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  • August 1, 2014 at 12:56
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    "He scored a fantastic goal - he won it back in midfield and belted it past Stephen Bywater like he wasn’t there."

    Is he ever?

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  • August 1, 2014 at 13:48
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    Yeh, exactly what I thought. Was getting quite excited till I saw the name BYWATER.

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  • August 1, 2014 at 14:32
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    who couldn't score against bywater apart from bobby zomara

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  • August 1, 2014 at 14:52
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    bailey rlayeroughs it up in the middle.going in to this season with the armband will see a different player.who in their right mind would ignore him on the pitch??

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    • August 1, 2014 at 14:56
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      ignore rlayer

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  • August 1, 2014 at 14:59
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    Thought he had an excellent end of season once he sorted his fitness out, time to make his mark and lead the team to better things

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  • August 3, 2014 at 10:20
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    I excited about Bailey this season, but personally I'd give the captaincy to David Forde. Been at the club a lot longer and seems to have just as much vocal presence on the pitch.

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