Millwall manager will push on with defensive targets

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MILLWALL boss Neil Harris isn’t finished adding to Millwall’s defensive options after signing Jordan Archer and Joe Martin this week.

He is targeting a left-sided centre-back and would ideally like to have a deal completed before the squad leave for Portugal in 10 days.

Brentford’s 30-year-old former Lion Tony Craig is believed to be an option.

The signing of a defender with Craig’s age profile would fit with Harris’ plans to add some more experience to a youthful squad.

He told the club’s website: “Young players tend to be a bit hit and miss in the early stages – I certainly was.”

“However, we have some very talented lads here who will be key to the successful future of this club, so we have to give them time and surround them with some more senior players of good character.

“It’s my choice to go this way. The make-up of the group will be very different this time round, with so many players leaving at the end of last season.”

Meanwhile the search for a centre-forward also continues.

Harris added: “It is no secret that I want to bring in another striker so that we have four or five with different attributes competing for places. Anyone we add has to suit us and the dynamic of the dressing room so I won’t be rushed into anything at this stage.”

 

John Kelly

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27 thoughts on “Millwall manager will push on with defensive targets

  • June 25, 2015 at 11:53
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    This article is an almagamation of four -five recent previous articles. Is there really so little news about the place that we are being subjected to this?

    We are all aware of what the squad requires in order to strengthen it. Neil himself knows what is required. I'd much rather read articles on what's been delivered than speculation, conjecture and repetetive articles being cut, copied and pasted together, thanks.

    Tony Craig, Alfie Mawson and a decent powerhouse goal scorer is what's needed. Hanson is a target man. If we get him great. If not there are a lot of forwards of decent past stature that are currently free agents.

    Lower leagues have hidden gems that need unearthing. Where's that Mick Harford when you need him? There are Premier League fringe players that are free agents. Jordan Archer was one. I'm sure there are plenty of forwards available. It's just about finding one.

    I expect the next NAD article will be detailing the squads new dietry plans or something else of equal importance.

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  • June 25, 2015 at 11:54
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    John I'm sure you said only yesterday or the Tuesday on Twitter that TC wasn't being considered?!?

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  • June 25, 2015 at 12:00
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    Not only Harford where's the bloke who joined from Brentford who was sorting out new players

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  • June 25, 2015 at 12:01
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    Hopefully we can bring Mawson in. Not sure about Tony Craig but could have a good influence on the youngsters, and will provide cover at LB. We have Cummings and possibly Edwards for RB. Mawson and Craig and the defence will be ready. A CM and a striker, preferably a target man, and I'd say we're in good shape for the season... COYL!

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  • June 25, 2015 at 12:24
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    It would be nice to get some news as to what is happening with Webster & Beevers, especially as we are going after more defenders!!

    I'm really underwhelmed with who we have signed so far, Joe Martin, never heard of the guy and even Gillingham fans didn't see too much of him last season but we have signed him?? Now being linked with Tony Craig.... I'd prefer an exciting youngster like Alfie Mawson!

    We got rid of 18+ players all on high wages, yes we got relegated, but we have youth who will play a big part and on low wages!! Even if 5 of those 18 we released were on £10k a week (no doubt more) and the rest an average of £5k a week then that's saving well over £5mill a year!

    Why can't we sign a player who every other club looks at and says he'll be their dangerman/best player this year.... might even bring more fans in too....

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    • June 25, 2015 at 12:59
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      @Bradders:
      Some good points bradders but saying that mate the last player we signed that we told mates at the pub ? I can't really pull one out of the top of my head maybe Liam trotter ? After his loan ...

      What about someone like Kevin Davies, his knocking on 38 but the stick he gets around the country from his past and being a bit dirty might take the light of some of the kids to help them in a game, he also (best positive) here occupys the ref so other things might be missed, he still playing a few games in league 1 for Preston who may now be beyond him ...

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      • June 25, 2015 at 13:45
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        @Bush: I'd rather not a 38yr old to be honest, big wages, in & out of games... I would like to see someone signed which sets the tone for our season.

        We have Gregs, PCH, Fred, O'Brien, all exciting players in League 1 no-doubt, but aren't proven at all yet... Preston had Jermaine "the tw**" Beckford as well as Joe Garner up front, now that's a strike-force you look at and say "they will be there or thereabouts at the end of the season".... who have we got who can make a difference in games, Shaun Williams or Ed Upson maybe as both proven at this level.... apart from that I'm not sure!

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  • June 25, 2015 at 12:36
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    I'd have tony craig all day long.

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  • June 25, 2015 at 12:46
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    Does this mean that Beevers is not staying, I thought he would be first choice left sided CB

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    • June 25, 2015 at 13:50
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      I cant see Beever's being infrom of Sid and as they are both left footers then it is one or the other. If I was Beevers I would not want to play second fiddle to an 18/19 year old at this stage of my career and it appears that that is what is on the cards.@glyngo:

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      • June 25, 2015 at 13:51
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        IN FRONT not inform...sorry I am a fat fingered numpty when it comes to typing!
        @tallchap18:

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  • June 25, 2015 at 13:11
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    The club will never post anything negative about current players so assume Beevers and Webster will be on their way out, unless theres a total change of heart from NH or we cant get any one else in.

    Would love to see TC back at Millwall. Felt he lost his way a little before he left us but always gave it his all and is a good league one player for sure.

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  • June 25, 2015 at 13:27
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    Tony craig for me. Knows what it means to play for us and a new cb got a feeling webster will be gone and beevers needs to toughen up for me but could still be good for us

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    • June 25, 2015 at 13:40
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      @DELBOY64:
      Well saying that Delboy Webster has been promoted from league 1 in a over achieving yYeovil squad and looked a good player when we signed he don't become bad over night or was he never any good, his been out on loan good his head straight new manager of his contract is in its last year his got something to play for, plus we don't have hollowhead's overplaying style he was rough and ready at Yeovil, change of dressing room might see him do well?
      I would ship beevers out to Steve Evans for 200k start fresh I don't beleive he will get any better or any worse but stalemate at the moment where he is at with progression.

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  • June 25, 2015 at 13:32
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    With Dunne, Robinson and probably Forde gone, another 'voice' in the dressing room would be useful. If Calvin's book is accurate, Craig is the man for that and he has been playing well for Brentford at centre half. Would be a good signing and a good captain IMHO

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  • June 25, 2015 at 13:48
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    Don't get me wrong i think TC was a great servent to Millwall and yes he would be a voice in the changing room. My only concern is that it feels like a step backwards rather than forwards. We have had - what five seasons? - of players who are past their best being signed on the promise of 'bring valuable experience' to the team only for them to be costly failures.

    I want use to be looking at good young up and coming talent or looking at well established professionals that are actually wanted by others who can bring something different to the club.

    If TC returns I will welcome him and hope that he is still a force to be reckoned with in this league...but that is it he is not the future and if he is the future all the enthusiams I had for this season is starting to wain.

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  • June 25, 2015 at 14:00
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    Got a feeling webster was another of hollowheads supposed good signings just like the argie, martinez, GTF, ya know if they look decent in a bad side like yeovil then does that mean they would be any good on an average side like us well on paper we were but hollowhead turned us crap

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  • June 25, 2015 at 14:43
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    I personally think that TC would be a step backwards, if we are getting him in to show others the Millwall way, we might as well of kept Dunne! PS - I know one is right footed (supposedly) and the other is (supposedly) left but I'm sure you know what I mean. It sounds to me like Beavers is on his way out, I hope not.

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    • June 25, 2015 at 17:19
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      @Adsy77777: Don't understand the love for Beevers myself. He has no pace, no positional awareness and doesn't have the leadership qualities required. Watching him closely in games, it becomes clear that he is a player who needs telling where to stand, what to do all the time. Hence why he always looked better alongside Shittu. And look at what he did in the Bradford replay. Not a Millwall player for me.

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  • June 25, 2015 at 17:27
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    A bit of experience at the back makes a big difference. Sid Nelson will be a decent player long term, but he got caught out quite a few times last season (albeit against Championship players). We need someone to guide him and provide additional leadership among a lot of young players. A Stuart Nethercott type. Tony Craig certainly knows what is expected at Millwall, so wouldn't be the worst option. Ideally, though, we might get someone with a bit more pace. Any suggestions out there?

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  • June 25, 2015 at 17:48
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    Baudry and Vincelot at Leyton Orient. 2 decent defenders who were by far orient's best players (not saying much). I think Vincelot is more of a midfielder, but Baudry looked a good player at league 1 level, maybe championship, when I saw him a few times. Shouldn't be too expensive, think he's a lefty too.

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  • June 25, 2015 at 19:57
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    Craig is a massive backward step - he is useless - Harris has lost the plot - maybe jobs for the boys.
    Not too impressed with any signings thus far - Too many youngsters - with no physicality is a recipe for another relegation.
    There are comments on here from Dreamworld

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  • June 25, 2015 at 23:49
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    i think tony craig would be a great move. knows the club well can definitely do a job for us in league 1 and could captain the club as well! two birds one stone i think tbh.

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  • June 26, 2015 at 09:39
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    Just seen yesterday's training pics, J Martin has the number 3 shirt so looks like first choice LB

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  • June 26, 2015 at 10:12
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    Heard Birmingham City now considering a bid for Mewson Can't see why Brentford would offload to them being the same division.

    Michael Jacobs winger at Wolves being eyed up by Coventry City his a good player can play in behind tricky type winger.

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  • June 26, 2015 at 21:21
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    I wish some of our supporters would lay off Webster and Beevers who was never given a chance under coco I think the two would make a good pair at the back with a run together both have been good in this div. looking forward to next season.

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