Archer: Millwall want to be the fittest side in League One

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JORDAN Archer believes few teams if any in Sky Bet League One will be better conditioned physically next season than Millwall.

The 22-year-old was speaking at the club’s training complex on Calmont Road just after completing the morning fitness drills, which started at 8am.

Neil Harris brought his squad together for the first time last Thursday and Archer revealed little time was wasted on any formalities.

He joked: “First day in I thought it might be a case of easing into it, but nope!

“We were running hard from the first day and we’ve been doing that since. We had Sunday off, to be fair, but come August I believe we’ll be one of the fittest if not the fittest team in the league.

“I’ve surprised myself this pre-season to be fair. I thought I’d be one of the ones trailing at the back but I’ve been beating some of the outfield players. I won’t name names because I don’t think they’re too happy about it!”

He also says there is little difference in intensity between Premier League and League One pre-seasons.

The former Spurs keeper has been working with ex-Sheffield Wednesday number one Kevin Pressman as he steps up his efforts to be in a position to dislodge David Forde as the Lions’ first-choice shot-stopper come August 8.

“Most pre-seasons these days are pretty similar. I was speaking to Kevin and it was different to 20 years ago when the players wouldn't have come back as fit as what they do now.

“Most players do come back quite fit so over the six weeks it’s just about improving sharpness and getting the fitness back up to what it was during the season.”

Meanwhile Millwall physio Bobby Bacic says Carlos Edwards and Shaun Williams have reintegrated well in training and shown no ill-effects after their injury layoffs, while forward Jamie Philpot has also been participating in some lighter fitness work this week.

John Kelly

(@jkelly1882)

26 thoughts on “Archer: Millwall want to be the fittest side in League One

  • June 30, 2015 at 15:37
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    Seems like Neil Harris and his coaching team truly know what they're doing. Roll on August 8th. Roll on next season! COYL

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  • June 30, 2015 at 15:52
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    As long as you see of Forde mate then we will be right behind you milllllllllll

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  • June 30, 2015 at 17:02
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    work hard with young squad. fitness attitude.will work faith in chopper

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  • June 30, 2015 at 17:23
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    Christ, this really has to be one of the most boring summers ever. At least the last few times we went down we had Nicholl's largely useless tartan contingent coming in and then Spackman's madcap shopping spree to keep us entertained.

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  • June 30, 2015 at 17:37
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    Yep got to say there is not too much to get excited about but at least neil aomt going down the poxy quick fix loan market which i detest

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  • June 30, 2015 at 17:56
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    Seeing as Forde wanted away, I hope NH shows his authority and plays Archer and leaves Forde on the bench until he deserves to get back in the side

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    • June 30, 2015 at 20:12
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      @bojim: looks like Forde and his agent both created accounts just to dislike your post hahaha

      Very true though bench him

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  • June 30, 2015 at 21:16
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    Mawson has signed for..............................Barnsley???? Didn't see that coming!

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  • June 30, 2015 at 21:23
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    mawson has joined barnsley on a free?????????????

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  • June 30, 2015 at 21:35
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    Being the fittest ...
    Was that what holloway planned last year .. Followed by a trip to Portugal ..

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  • June 30, 2015 at 21:39
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    Get nigel pearson ...whatever the cost...let him teach Harris how to manage for thre future

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  • June 30, 2015 at 22:10
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    Mawson to Barnsley lol, didn't think much of our offer then ,if it was a serious offer!!.

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  • July 1, 2015 at 09:09
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    Transfer window opens today I think, bring on the real stories......

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  • July 1, 2015 at 09:12
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    Could it be Barnsley gave him a three year deal and we tend to offer at the most a two year deal,then again he might think barnsley have more to offer in term's of ambition,so more fool him.

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  • July 1, 2015 at 09:14
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    Does any one Know who it is who wear's the number 37 shirt?.

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    • July 1, 2015 at 09:48
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      @block 28:Thank's block, i thought they let him go,must be my brain going in my old age.

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  • July 1, 2015 at 09:37
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    Just like hollow head wanted us to be th fittest side in the championship last season and jacket the same before that.

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  • July 1, 2015 at 09:40
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    Good to see Carlos back could be the best signing of the season. Rumour has it millwall have gone back in to try & get Hanson now that nosey has got his replacement.

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    • July 1, 2015 at 09:56
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      @block 28: block this number 37 shirt,it did belong to josh siafa,but we have let him go,the guy wearing the 37 shirt in the millwall website photo's is blond and white,josh is black,a bit of a mystery there.

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  • July 1, 2015 at 13:43
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    Sorry mate thought u was talking about last seasons squad. Had a look & like u not a glue who it is. Answers on a postcard.

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    • July 1, 2015 at 16:14
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      @block 28: got a feeling it could be marquis who may have 37..seeing he was out of contract when he resigned

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  • July 1, 2015 at 15:10
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    Put on some shinpads in training for a start, so they don´t kick hell out of each other.
    How often do we hear: Injured in training!!

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  • July 1, 2015 at 17:24
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    Always makes me chuckle when professional footballers talk about going back to work and being physically fit it should be the bare minimum required please don't expect any praise for wanting to be in the best condition you can possibly be in .

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  • July 4, 2015 at 13:27
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    I don't think Kevin Pressman our coach is good enough for the job.....

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