MILLWALL will have a "young and hungry" group of players ready for next season’s Sky Bet League One campaign.
Manager Neil Harris also wants a trimmer squad with at least two players competing for each first-team position.
The Lions used 40 players last season but Harris is determined to prize quality over quantity next term.
He wants to add five or six players to the squad after releasing 18 shortly after the conclusion of the Championship campaign, with a striker and left-back top of the list of priorities.
The club will also add a keeper to the ranks.
“Neil wants to operate with a smaller squad than last year,” chief executive Andy Ambler said. “The core number he’s looking at is 22 or 23 players.
“I think if you look at all the most successful clubs across different leagues they use the least number of players.
“Neil wants a balance between experience and youth. ‘Young and hungry’ is a catchphrase we seem to be using going forward.
“We saw with the way the squad shaped up towards the end of last season in a difficult division an indication of the way we’re going.
“It was really pleasing to see, for instance, Jamie Philpot, even though he got injured, come on and score with his first touch in professional football.
“I think we need a younger pool and Neil is committed to building a younger squad which means as a club we’ve got to be patient.
“I’d rather when we go back to the Championship we go back with a young, hungry group.
“There’s work to be done. There are probably four or five needed to get up to that number (that Harris wants).”