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.