Millwall manager Harris : We've done good business so far

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NEIL Harris says he is happy with Millwall’s progress in the transfer market this summer – despite missing out on two prime targets.

There has been frustration among fans that the club have yet to buy a striker after the failed pursuit of Bradford’s James Hanson.

Centre-back Alfie Mawson also chose Barnsley over the Lions, with whom he had held talks.

Harris had hoped to have a couple more signings on board before the squad left for their training camp on Sunday.

But he is pleased with the shape of the current squad after the completion of the first week of ball-work at the club’s training base.

“We’re delighted with the business we’ve done so far. With John Marquis, Fred (Onyedinma) and Sid Nelson signing new deals, they’re almost like new signings. And then we’ve brought in Joe Martin and Jordan (Archer) as well.”

Marquis and Onyedinma picked up valuable first-team football last season with Gillingham and Wycombe respectively while Nelson nailed down one of the centre-back spots after Harris had been appointed manager.

Meanwhile the Lions boss hopes the technical work the players have done on the training ground this week will be reflected in how his side plays next season.

“At the moment it’s general football conditioning,” he said. “It’s hard work, but with the football. We do a lot of possession drills where the ball changes between players quite a lot.

“It means when you’re in possession you’re working hard with the ball with a clear purpose in mind, but when you lose the ball you know how to win it back quickly.

“We want to play high-tempo football, that’s the style I like.”

Coach Andy Frampton has also been on the training pitch this week for the first time following his return to the club and Harris believes he will prove the ideal sounding board for his young squad.

“Framps has come in and he’s got a wealth of experience,” Harris said. “He’s a good guy and a really good leader so if the boys want any thoughts on playing for the club, any honest advice or one-on-one coaching then Framps is a great person for them to go and ask and learn from.”

John Kelly

(@jkelly1882)

58 thoughts on “Millwall manager Harris : We've done good business so far

  • July 3, 2015 at 11:08
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    I really don't want to be negative, but have we not heard this all before. I would rather not have an article to read unless it is new news. However, really excited about the coming season. COYL !!!!!!!

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    • July 3, 2015 at 13:45
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      @First game 1966: Agree. This is one of those nothing stories that I complained about last week. This sort of thing is only going to wind people up on here.
      I really like NAD but please don't run this sort of stuff (which feels like the 'the management answers back'). Is that a good place for NAD to go? I think not.
      Millwall need a further striker. And it's clear the type of person they're looking for. Are you sure Richard Sadlier's injured? 😉
      If it all got very focused on Hanson it's not good - but move on and find someone else. NH is doing well but he's going to get let down and it's all about numbers - no one gets all the signings they want. You need 'fall back' players if your first choice comes off the market or goes elsewhere.

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  • July 3, 2015 at 11:12
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    What business?

    We need a couple of experienced players coming into the squad or otherwise the best crop of youngsters we have produced in a generation will be thrown into the deep end in a tougher than many expect division and it could affect them.

    The acquisition of a left back and a goalkeeper, the latter who has played less than 60 professional matches and will possibly be our first choice if Forde departs, is not cause for celebration.

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    • July 3, 2015 at 12:34
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      @SE16 Wall: sorry for the dislike I was trying to close the pop up advert.
      However, I agree with you comments.

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      • July 3, 2015 at 13:02
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        @ken4tune: sorry for the dislike? Really? Are you for real? That's the most cringeworthy thing ice ever read on the Internet.

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        • July 4, 2015 at 07:47
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          @benzo:

          I am sure ice can speak for himself.

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