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 3, 2015 at 11:19
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    Supporters will only be pleased if and when we sign a GOALSCORER.
    As Bristol City and Preston showed last season,you have to have a goalscorer (or two) to do anything in this League (and any League for that matter).

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  • July 3, 2015 at 11:27
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    So we off loaded 18 players and have brought in 2 one of which is an inexperienced goalkeeper....YIKES

    COYL

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  • July 3, 2015 at 11:36
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    We have the most negative fans in the country. Give us a break season ain't started transfer window just opened. Already you sharpen your knifes see more happiness at a funeral

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    • July 3, 2015 at 11:45
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      @dave666:
      Do you have that 666 stamped on ya head no wonder you enjoy funerals lol.

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    • July 3, 2015 at 15:14
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      @dave666: Sure that is not true Dave just listen to Talksport. Nearly every fan in the land moans, usually prem' clubs Newcastle, Sunderland, West Ham, Arsenal, Spurs, Villa etc most of the fans think the club need at least another three players usually a 20 goal striker and they are going for the 'cheap' 3 miilion option, the manager does not what he is doing, the team plays the wrong football, it is just the nature of fans.

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      • July 3, 2015 at 15:20
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        @lennie the lion: Lennie but they have something to moan about they support a s*** team we support the mighty Millwall and we never moan we grin and bear

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        • July 3, 2015 at 15:38
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          @dave666: Sorry Dave forgot that. I tell my premier league team supporting mates that they get upset at every defeat where as we celebrate every victory.

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          • July 3, 2015 at 15:44
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            @lennie the lion: we ain't glory hunters Lennie we do it the hard way but when we turn it around and we will be worth every drop of misery come on you lions

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    • July 3, 2015 at 23:18
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      @dave666: w*****, we Millwall fans who air our disappointment
      have every right to be less than impressed with our f****** s*** transfer dealings and this crap about existing teenage players who sign new contracts being as good as having new signings is b*****. That's why we got f****** relegated

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    • July 3, 2015 at 23:19
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      @dave666:w*****, we Millwall fans who air our disappointment
      have every right to be less than impressed with our f****** s*** transfer dealings and this crap about existing teenage players who sign new contracts being as good as having new signings is b*****. That's why we got f****** relegated

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      • July 4, 2015 at 07:46
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        @T20ColdBlowLion: whatever the club does you moan I know as much as anyone the failings this club has managed to achieve but for once can we not give the youngsters and Harris a chance before we s*** every post on news at den every signing and every thing Harris says or does give the man a chance he has earned it that's all I'm trying to say to us fans

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        • July 4, 2015 at 08:07
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          @dave666: wrong again as whatever the club does I still turn up and support them but twats like you aren't going to succeed in sanitising my personal points of view on matters as important as what my team does or doesn't do in the transfer market just by being a pious c*** and making out that any of us and all of us who dare question our ability or ambition in transfer dealings are nothing more than negative. That's just as f****** stupid as suggesting that anyone who questions government policy is just being negative and anti-Britain

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          • July 4, 2015 at 08:13
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            @T20ColdBlowLion: it's fact not wrong that whatever is said or done some fans not all are so negative and it will be the same f****** fans calling for Harris head the minute we get a bad set of results like you I'm entitled to my opinion and if it upsets or rubs some up the wrong way there f******. Problem

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  • July 3, 2015 at 11:37
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    This is all window dressing, resigning Fred and Sid is good but apart from that there is nothing to shout about so far.

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  • July 3, 2015 at 12:07
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    Reading between the lines of various different NAD articles over the last week or so it seems obvious to me that they put all their eggs in the Hanson basket and haven't got a clue what to do now and have just reverted to type and we will most likely see some old has beens or never were's into the club.Its not rocket science if you want a top striker at whatever level it may be you have to pay top dollar and sometimes take a gamble.Same old MILLWALL trying to do everything on the cheap.

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  • July 3, 2015 at 12:16
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    Can we all please stop having distorted views on signing players ? We are not Leeds or Derby nor are we forest, let alone Chelsea or arsenal we can't buy players with out some form of counting penny's we don't have a pot to p*** in or spare to go round, I think having the massive sqaud in the champtionship has and will affect us for the next 2 years, drained the club far byond we can recover in 2 months off season .
    We are a club that bearly makes even and with fair play rules we will be that big league 1 club.
    Harris has put a good squad together simply by trimming the squad, fresh youth to mature and improve, Harris will pick his most effective 11 and stick with it,
    My prediction is Gregory will get 20+ goals this coming season play off place secured
    Top 5 least conceded goals fortress den again.

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  • July 3, 2015 at 12:30
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    I don't think we necessarily need another striker.

    Hopefully Gregory will score 20+ goals as @Bush says. Marquis and O'Brien should hopefully get 20 odd between them. Philpot and Pavey can step up as the 4th striker between them.

    Hanson was mainly being brought in to be a target man, and supply goals rather than score. As long as we give the strikers good service from Upson, PCH, Fred, dead ball situations we should be ok.

    I'd like to see one more defender, and a couple of midfielders or midfielder and striker on loan.
    Not sure how PCH will fare injury wise so could use some cover for him, and another option if Fred isn't doing great.

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  • July 3, 2015 at 12:41
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    The season doesn't kick off for another 5 weeks - plenty of time to add the squad but the priority needs to be ensuring the squad we have is ready!

    All these moaners need to back off.... at least for another few weeks! The club are annually slated for making panic signings now this year we're not happy that NH is taking his time to ensure he doesn't make the same mistakes! Personally I think it's a very intelligent way to run a football club! Unless of course you'd prefer Lomas and Holloway back to waste every penny we have?!

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  • July 3, 2015 at 12:50
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    @Bush @ JBMMFC I completely agree. At least there are some fans with common sense. Loads of people seem to be living in dreamland thinking we could get a proven League 1 striker who is guaranteed to get 20+ goals, they cost over £1m these days (which we can't afford) and go to Championship sides (which we aren't one of) I say stick with the strikers we have and in general the squad, we only really need 2-3 players in the right positions to be sorted for next season.

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  • July 3, 2015 at 13:22
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    The club came out and said that a striker is the number one priority and also said that they had alternatives for their main targets if they could not get them,now suddenly we are seeing things like "trialists" are an option and "30 something's will be considered" along with mawson turning us down to go to Barnsley of all places! I mean what can they possibly offer that we can't that would make a lad from the south rather go up north.All these things added together to me point to a continuation of the short sighted transfer policy that got us where we are now.Now I'm not being negative I actually think the team as is has a very good chance of going straight back up and have had a bet on Gregory for top scorer but just don't try to pull the wool over our eyes regarding transfers if u had really of wanted Hanson you would of pulled out all the stops.

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    • July 3, 2015 at 13:41
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      @exiledlion: Rumour has it that the Bradford manager said " if Hanson goes then i go too",if that is the case then what can Any club do about it?.

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      • July 4, 2015 at 07:35
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        @jim1222: thats why i think parky is on borrowed time at bradford..holding the board to ransom never a good carreer move

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    • July 3, 2015 at 14:01
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      @exiledlion: to be honest mate NH was answering the question openly like jackett did, if the same question was asked last year Holloway would say something funny forget about, the next week ends up going against his word and looking a bit Eccentric, Harris has been truthful and not papering over cracks we can't get Hanson his disappointed but let's look what else we can bring in, but life don't end at 30 you know, attitudes and characters and a brain still make good footballers,
      with the mewson thing Barnsley are a decent team let's not knock them, maybe the kid wanted a Garden to practice in.

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  • July 3, 2015 at 13:56
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    Don't panic people! For a good few years the squad has been bloated, cliquey, full of injury prone players, players with bad attitudes and ones just seeing out their days as a pro, the squad now looks trimmer and hungrier. I don't buy this inexperience line at all, Williams, upson, Jimmi, Cummings and even the two martins have plenty of experience, even marquis has a lot of pro games under his belt, and if Carlos gets back to fitness and stays we've more than enough to help the younguns through. Don't underestimate some of them boys either, people like Sid, Thompson, Pavey and Philpot come from good Millwall stock and are desperate to do well, they won't let us down. After the wretched performances last season we just need to be patient and back the boys, after the madness of the past two years let's get some stability and go from there.

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    • July 3, 2015 at 14:13
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      great post ! come on you Lions - bring on august 8th can't wait !!!!!!!

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  • July 3, 2015 at 14:24
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    I think Gregs will have a far more productive season this time with more game time and better service. Yes he missed some sitters but he worked hard made good runs and never gave up and showed a bit of class at times. Bomber will get the best out of him as its all about confidence and nobody had any under IH. It is frustrating when we dont sign a proven player but we have to remember who we are not who we want to be. This season should be about re-grouping,let the youngsters enjoy their football and express themselves while being guided by the more experienced pros. I get p***** off with the board not getting players but tbf I dont know what we have to spend. Of course I want us to be up there challenging but as long as we hold our own play with passion and dont go down then we should have a platform on which to build. Good luck MILLWALL.

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  • July 3, 2015 at 15:57
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    As much as I love and have faith in the manager now is not the time to talk about just how good any of the signings are maybe half way through the season and we will find out who has been value for money and a good investment r ,just like the majority of the fans I want all of them to be fantastic and shrewd buys but time will tell after all when is the last time we bought five players and they all ended up being a Cahill or a Steven Reid ? .

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  • July 3, 2015 at 16:03
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    Hi ALL,
    Watch the seasons highlights and then please try to explain why we let Maggie go.

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  • July 3, 2015 at 17:30
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    All what everyone is saying is that the youngsters will come good I really hope so but Greggs is still not proven at this level I hope he scores 20 plus goals but can't see it PCH might be injury prone still a lot to prove along with all the others I still see us as mid table with this young team Marquis scored a couple on loan but then went off the boil the same as Fred are these youngsters going to be able to do it over 40 tough games we need some more experience in the back mid field and up front.
    we hear the same excuses year after year players lined up and non materialise what are all the scouts up to I hope boomer proves to be a good in he h
    Is defiantly talking the talk but we will see where we are after the first 10 games

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  • July 3, 2015 at 18:04
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    We should be looking at John Akinde, 33 goals for Barnet last season. Seems ideal, pacey enough to get round back 4's, strong, tall and a decent finisher. His goals are on YouTube all in one video, i was very impressed. Then again, this was in the Conference!?!

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    • July 3, 2015 at 18:34
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      @NOLU: Its the sort of thing Peterborough do,his goal record is decent and he is only 25 so if we could get him for peanuts then whats to lose.

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  • July 3, 2015 at 18:30
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    Let's come

    Bad typing Bomber but thanks mate

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  • July 3, 2015 at 21:43
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    To be honest I Think our strike force will do well this season, they are young and hungry! I would love to see an experienced striker brought in though just to give some support to the youngsters but I believe that Gregory will hit 20+ goals this season he's the one to watch! COYL!!!!!!

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  • July 4, 2015 at 02:20
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    Wouldn't mind seeing Mr.Cahill back at the den.

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  • July 4, 2015 at 02:25
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    I believe Gregory will smash it this season. I wouldn't be surprised if he finishes on 20+ goals this season.

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  • July 4, 2015 at 17:54
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    TC has signed a 2 year deal i must say i am happy with this signing he will guide the youngsters at the back...and he would make a good Capt. for the team.

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  • July 4, 2015 at 17:55
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    Tony Craig just signed a two year deal. Great signing in my opinion. As I said before welcome home TC welcome home.

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  • July 7, 2015 at 13:30
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    Neil has done some good business thus far, I would like to see us swap David Forde for Mark Bunn norwich Goalkeeper available on a free transfer
    and bring in one Striker from Matt Smith fulham, Michael Smith Swindon, Craig Davis Bolton or Steve Morison weeds

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  • July 7, 2015 at 14:31
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    What a load of b*****,
    happy we lost out to Barnsley for Mawson, it comes to a point where we cannot even compete with Barnsley.

    yes he is doing this the Millwall way like previous managers before having to sign bargain basement players, why wont the board back him and give him money to spend so we can bring in quality.

    im sorry Archer, Martin and Craig not excited at all so far, we need a striker otherwise mid table.

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