Millwall boss: Thursday was an "exceptional" day

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NEIL Harris has hailed a positive first day of pre-season training as the club began assessing players’ fitness levels yesterday.  

The Millwall boss was impressed with the physical condition of the squad, who also met Andy Frampton for the first time in his new capacity.

“Yesterday was an exceptional day,” Harris said. “It was great to see the boys come back in. In some ways it feels like the season’s just finished from last year and we’re starting again already. But in other ways it’s felt long a long summer.

“So I was just really pleased to see the boys face-to-face and to see the state they came back in, very good.

“The modern game dictates that the players have to come back in in good shape. They looked really good. There was a really good spirit amongst the boys on day one so I’m really pleased with them.”

This week’s two new acquisitions Jordan Archer and Joe Martin joined the squad for the first time and Harris feels a few familiar faces will ease the latter’s assimilation into his new team.

Harris said: “Yeah, Joe’s good. You know what you’re getting with him. He’s a good solid character, a good lad. He comes highly recommended, professionally and character-wise.

“He spent time obviously with John Marquis last year, and knowing Andy Frampton always helps. He’s a good lad. It’ll make life easier settling in here.”

Meanwhile Carlos Edwards came through the first session unscathed after a long injury layoff and Harris expects to negotiate a new deal with the defender if he proves his fitness.

“Carlos looks really good. The first few days are testing and Carlos tested really well. He’s a senior player in the squad now but he’s always had great energy.

“He’s been working really hard for three months now. He’s going to be tested physically. The next test after that is going to be the football side of things over the next couple of weeks.

“He still has a lot to prove, not just to me and the club, but to himself. I believe he can get back to his best and be the player he showed us he was.

“When he gets to that stage we’ll sit down and discuss a new contract. He brings so many good attributes to the football club, on and off the field. A fit and firing Carlos Edwards would certainly be a good addition to my squad.”

John Kelly

(@jkelly1882)

17 thoughts on “Millwall boss: Thursday was an "exceptional" day

  • June 26, 2015 at 10:31
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    Bomber, instil into all the players you have-the Millwall ethos. No more f;?king prima donnas. Good luck for the new season you deserve your chance.

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  • June 26, 2015 at 10:42
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    Carlos Edwards is key! Best player at the club still and a great role model.

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    • June 26, 2015 at 11:09
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      This is a turnaround from being listed in the 'thanks but no thanks' group at the end of last season.

      Goes to show what can be achieved. He has some obstacles to overcome as NH says. But he was vocal in his criticism of the team when it wasn't working last season, so it's pretty clear he'll be with us if fit. A great addition.

      We certainly missed him last season. It wasn't coincidence that we stopped losing at the end of the 13/14 season when he joined.

      But then maybe IH would have hacked him off - who knows?

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    • June 26, 2015 at 11:54
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      @steveomfc5: Agree with Kitch, our season fell away last year Steve, when he got injured, he could just be our best signing this year, with so many youngsters in the side would love to see him back in any capacity.

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  • June 26, 2015 at 10:49
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    Would be great if Carlos Edwards can come back and be as good as he was before, and will be even more impressive given the fact that he is in his late thirties....

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  • June 26, 2015 at 10:50
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    If (and it is still a big if) Carlos Edwards can prove his fitness, he has to be in the running to captain the side next season. His experience and cool head was so evident before his injury. The way he conducts himself on and off the pitch is testament to his professionalism. He could be a key role model for the younger players to look up to!

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  • June 26, 2015 at 10:54
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    Even if Carlos can only make the tea at half time we should keep on board

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  • June 26, 2015 at 11:16
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    Carlos was one of the fittest players in the squad before his injury, so I don't think that will be a problem. As NH said, they just need to make sure footballing wise he's still got it. If he has, he'd be number 1 for RB for me (much better than Cummings) and would be a big asset in the dressing room

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    • June 26, 2015 at 11:44
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      @JBMMFC: I agree and though he is better than Cummings, he could be a catalyst for Cummings to step up to the next level...Cummings has the ability and with our coaching team can and should improve.

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  • June 26, 2015 at 11:32
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    Carlos has still got a lot to do. Training is one thing playing a full game is going to tell us if he can still do it. I hope he does coz he can play at RB or on the wing.

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  • June 26, 2015 at 12:53
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    I would love to see Carlos back in a Millwall shirt. I was among those who questioned his signing at first but he has been superb since he's been at the club, both on and off the pitch. He seems 'Millwall' if you know what I mean, which is no mean feat considering half the time he's been with us he's been unable to play. Good luck Carlos!!!

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  • June 26, 2015 at 13:44
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    The same Carlos Edwards but in League one would be amazing. Just think back to he's performances in a poor Championship team.
    If he can bring that level of play in this season, we shouldn't leak goals.

    Could be the best 'new' signing we make.

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  • June 26, 2015 at 13:45
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    Sorry but I've heard it all before.
    Now we need to do the business in league 1.
    If we don't compete in the top 6 come Xmas I'll be disappointed.

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    • June 26, 2015 at 13:57
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      @Millwallsteve: I know what you mean Steve, but of you can't be optimistic in preseason, when can you be? I do think that those people (Including the bookies) that think we will be challenging to win the League are fooling themselves. A good season for this new squad would be top third of the table and go for promotion the following season when the young lads have found their feet at this level. That's realistic and achievable.

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    • June 26, 2015 at 14:22
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      Steve. If they're playing the right way (the Millwall way), learning and adapting and they're top half by Christmas, I'll be OK with that.
      Remember last season? Was it fifth by the first break in September?
      This will take a bit of time.
      I'd be delighted if they got back to the Championship straight away - BUT only if they're a better, fitter and more cohesive outfit than they've been for the last few seasons.
      I don't want them bouncing between the Divisions.
      Because I want them then challenging in the top 6 of the Championship after a couple of seasons with Bomber at the helm, some new blood in the team but the stars to be these kids who totally get it in everything they do.

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  • June 26, 2015 at 13:55
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    Carlos Edwards is made of granite, I am crossing all fingers and toes that he make sit back for a another season with us. What a story that would be!

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