Millwall boss: British connection informs transfer policy

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© John Walton

NEIL Harris says Millwall’s recruitment department is scouring every division to identify targets.

But with the Lions set to announce their first signings this week ahead of the start of pre-season training, Harris hinted the club will not look overseas to sign players this summer.

He also cited England’s most recent call-ups as evidence of talent emerging from the lower leagues having been overlooked earlier in their careers.

The Millwall boss said: “I think it’s important that the recruitment department looks at all levels. Somebody might not be for one club but could be a fit for someone else.

“There are players for instance who come out of non-league late enough and go on and play for England, players like Jamie Vardy and Charlie Austin.

“They maybe weren’t picked up by the top teams when they were younger but then someone else sees something in them and gives them an opportunity.

“We look at players who’ve come out of the Premier League and decide if they would be a good fit for us. Then you’ve also got players who might be out of contract in League Two and maybe could step up to the next level.

“We have respect for all the divisions. It’s less about where they’ve been and more about whether they suit our club. Will they fit in with our style of play and will they fit in with our players? They need to be able to fit in with the team spirit and be able to work with the group.

“We’re looking at the British connection. I don’t want to gamble. I want to bring in players that we’ve seen, that we’ve done our homework on.

“We want to be patient in what we do. It’s important that you follow your beliefs .

“I want to see players perform myself. I want to meet players and get to know their character before bringing them in. If that means we have to be patient and wait until pre-season or the end of pre-season to add to the squad then so be it.”


John Kelly


16 thoughts on “Millwall boss: British connection informs transfer policy

  • June 22, 2015 at 17:34

    Makes a lot of sense.

    Anything that reduces the risk of failing when signing up for us has to be good. Unsettled players are bad for the team and not helping themselves.

    Trust in NH in this. Wise man.


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    • June 22, 2015 at 18:39

      @kitch: all levels ,that's not the championship level !!, I start to get worried when we're on the lookout for out of contract league two players (gulp), it all comes down to money we have no choice but to look at lower leagues ie one and two as our hands are tied with no investment, I think it'll take 3 seasons at least before we can consider us promotion contenders,we penny pinched strikers arfter going for Wood which cost us relegation.

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      • June 24, 2015 at 12:32

        @The Roar: But as Harris points out, look at the level James Vardy and Charlie Austin have come from, plus the likes of Ricky Lambert and even Steve Morrison. Getting players like that early are our future

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  • June 22, 2015 at 18:19

    you'd think harris had been managing for 40 years the way he's gone about his business. better to wait and get the right players!

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    • June 22, 2015 at 19:35

      @steveomfc5beat me to it steve..also noticed he didn't mention what league we plucked him from.

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      • June 22, 2015 at 22:35

        @Jim28: well apparently hanson is pretty much a done deal and if anyone knows how to get the best out a striker then it's neil. gotta feeling harris is gonna be great for us!

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