Millwall boss: Players know what it means to represent club

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NEIL Harris says his players know exactly what he expects of them as they begin pre-season preparations today.

But he warned management and fans will have to show patience with such a young side.

The squad will spend the next 10 days at their training complex on Calmont Road before departing for Portugal on Sunday week for five days of warm-weather conditioning.

They arrive back on July 10 and play their first pre-season friendly at Bromley four days later.

The Lions squad were given off-season programmes to follow and Harris confirmed the first two days at Calmont Road will be spent mostly assessing the players’ fitness levels.

And he said they will incorporate ball work in training sessions as early as possible before focusing on strategy and team shape.

“Tactically, things will really start when we go to Portugal,” he said. “That’s when we’ll really start to fine tune things.

“The players that were here last season know what my expectations are for every game. When I address the players this week I’ll be telling them what I expect of them on and off the pitch.

“We’ll build a team spirit and camaraderie that we’ll carry onto the pitch. We’ll be competitive in every game. We’re out there representing the football club and aiming to win every game.

“As for the league position, we want to be competitive, we want to be a top team. But we’ll have a young side so we’ll have to be patient at times.”

Meanwhile Harris is looking at the positives after Millwall were last week handed some awkward Tuesday night fixtures by the Football League.

“It’s part and parcel of football,” he said. “It’s more disappointing for the fans really, but for the players as well. You want support and on Tuesday nights it makes it more difficult. Wigan, Blackpool and Fleetwood are days out that the fans could enjoy so the fact that they’re on a Tuesday is a bit of a shame.

“That’s something we’ve had to get used to over the years but it still doesn’t make it any less disappointing.

“I think there’s a bit of frustration there for everybody, but then again we’ve come out on the right side of things at Christmas. I think that’s a bit of a bonus for us, being at home on Boxing Day.”

John Kelly

(@jkelly1882)

12 thoughts on “Millwall boss: Players know what it means to represent club

  • June 25, 2015 at 07:40
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    I think we're in for a blinding season!

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  • June 25, 2015 at 09:01
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    Is this league harder and more competitive than when we were last in it with the likes of Southampton, Norwich, Leicester, Leeds, Charlton and a seasoned MK Dons team who had been pushing for top 6 place for years? No. Ok we got the likes of Wigan, Sheffield United and Bradford but there is no reason why we shouldn't be aiming for a top 2 spot providing we are able to bring in one more good quality striker. If Hanson deals doesn't happen I don't know of the top of my head any other strikers his age (Under 30) with his sort of presence and experience who could fill the target man role... Matt Smith probably but how likely is it the club would be able to get him even on season long loan?

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    • June 25, 2015 at 10:47
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      @Bexley_Lion:

      Well said mate, there's nothing in this league that should worry or concern us - let them worry about us because once our youngsters have gelled, nothing should stop us.

      COYL!!

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