Millwall manager Harris still working on summer targets list

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MILLWALL boss Neil Harris says work is continuing on drawing up a list of targets in preparation for next season’s League One campaign.

The club recently released 18 players with Harris, who took over from Ian Holloway in March, obviously determined to stamp his mark on the new squad.

The Lions struggled in front of goal last season with Wigan Athletic and Blackpool, the only sides to finish below them in the table, also the only sides to score fewer goals.

A striker would seem a priority but Harris must also address concerns at the back – only Blackpool and Fulham conceded more in the Championship last season.

“It's certainly ongoing,” Harris said. “We’ve identified a lot of players we are keen on and we would like to bring to the club.

“As I’m finding out as a new manager, it isn’t always that straightforward.

“There’s a lot of factors to take into the equation but we are certainly looking at bringing players in.”

But Harris won’t rush any potential acquisitions, highlighting the importance of assessing more than just a player’s ability.

“I think football has changed to what it used to be,” he explained. “There’s different aspects now and player management is certainly one.

“Recruitment is a big part now, in-depth recruitment. We’re going down the route of wanting to get the right character as well as the right player.

“There's a specialist in the job now, (Head of Recruitment) Andrew Mills, and him coming in is certainly part of that recruitment process.

“If that helps us get the right personnel on and off the pitch, then perfect.”

Harris also said the club are busy finalising plans for pre-season opponents.

“We’re getting there, all will be revealed soon.

“Pre-season is normally difficult for Millwall with police always overzealous, and policing costs, so we will take that into the equation.

“But it’s a work in process.”

John Kelly

(@jkelly1882)

23 thoughts on “Millwall manager Harris still working on summer targets list

  • May 18, 2015 at 08:22
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    Unlike Ollie and Lomas I trust you completely to bring the RIGHT! Type of players into the club. There's 1000's of football players out there but only a handful that could be Millwall players! Our last two managers found that out the hard way. For the first time in 3 years I'm actually looking forward to the season ahead. COYL!!!

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  • May 18, 2015 at 08:36
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    Go for young hungry players we don't want any more journey men in Harris we trust

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    • May 18, 2015 at 09:02
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      @John: I think we've got enough youngsters at the moment. I think we need to bring in some experienced and more physical players to fill the gaps that the youngsters leave. But by experienced, I mean 27-ish. Not 37-ish, which our previous managers seemed to love. But something tells me Harris knows they're not as good as Holloway and lomas thought. Having a manager with a brain is quite exciting isn't it!

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      • May 18, 2015 at 11:35
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        @mfclions: Yeah agree totally

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