New signing Craig could be in line for Millwall captaincy

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NEW signing Tony Craig could be named Millwall’s new captain for the upcoming Sky Bet League One season.   

The 30-year-old defender returned to the Lions last week after his contract with Brentford was cancelled.

He has since joined up with the rest of the squad and they arrived in Portugal yesterday for a five-day training camp.

Long-serving defender and former captain Alan Dunne departed after the end of last season leaving the club looking for a new general.

Neil Harris hinted earlier in the summer that the new club captain could be a new acquisition and his praise of his former team-mate’s qualities did little to diminish that theory.

“I have said a lot about the fans being able to identify with their team and Tony Craig is certainly a player that fits that bill,” he told the club’s website.

“He will link the team and the supporters together and is a natural leader within a young squad.

“We will have youthfulness and energy within the team, but you also need experience and Tony will bring that in abundance. He is a great leader in the dressing-room and is a warrior on the pitch.”

Harris is likely to continue efforts to bring in a striker and possibly a left winger next but it is unlikely either will be a candidate for captaincy.

With Jordan Archer and Joe Martin the other two summer buys Craig is the obvious choice to take the armband next season.

He captained Brentford last season in the Championship and has a wealth of experience in League One where he played in two play-off finals and helped Millwall back into the second tier in the second of those in 2010.

Craig was a fan favourite at Griffin Park for the wholeheartedness of his performances and he occupies a similar place in the affections of Lions fans.

His former director of football Phil Giles also singled him out as a “leader in the dressing” room and his appointment as Millwall club captain would certainly be a popular choice.

John Kelly

(@jkelly1882)

63 thoughts on “New signing Craig could be in line for Millwall captaincy

  • July 6, 2015 at 10:48
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    Our last captain was millwall through and through .didn't stop him being slagged of..good luck graig cos your gonna need with some on this site.

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    • July 6, 2015 at 14:37
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      @Jim28: I wouldn't worry about it jim! Anyone who slagged off robbo was a mug and shouldn't be listened too. Craig will do just fine and will teach Sid to draw blood without getting a card

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    • July 6, 2015 at 16:28
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      @Jim28: The reason Dunne was slagged off was because he was shi*te. All poor players get a caning down the Den, and he was one of the worst

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      • July 6, 2015 at 16:42
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        @beedoscores:
        But yet how many managers over the years chose to retain him? People like you are thick as s*** mate. You haven't got a a clue.

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  • July 6, 2015 at 10:49
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    No brainer really... Welcome home the armband is yours

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  • July 6, 2015 at 10:54
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    Good choice for Captain, in Mike Calvin's Book 'Family' Craig really seemed one of the most vocal in the dressing room and matched it out on the pitch with some crunching firm but fair well-timed tackles. Will be an ideal partner for young Sid. Also glad to hear we are looking at a left winger as well as maintaining the search for another Striker, left wing did seem a little light since Woolford and Magaye left... However Mags is a player that can play comfortably in either position, so...

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  • July 6, 2015 at 11:03
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    Looking forward to TC coming back, in my opinion he will be excellent for everyone on the pitch Players like Jimmy and Williams need people like Craig to win tackles block players to free the ball for them as they are players that like to clean up, left back Martin will be a good player with frampton and TC already on board I'm sure he put himself about, Harris has got a squad for every ground and occasion over 46 games for the firm tight pitchs at places like Walsall, to the well watered ones at Sheffield, to the wind swept Golden nikey gillingham ground.

    Season should be a good one and maybe we will all find that buzz and enjoyment come 3 o'clock on a Saturday afternoon
    Well at-least 23 times .....

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  • July 6, 2015 at 11:04
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    @Jim28: Dunne got criticised for his ability not his commitment. We also saw very little of Dunne's alleged leadership abilities on the pitch. We already know that Craig is a vocal leader when it matters, which is what is needed and, judging by reports on his ability as a centre back ,he will be fine as a player. So, all in all, an improvement on Dunne. Thanks for the service and good luck to Dunney, but he wasn't all that great, and if Harris reckons he isn't good enough for League 1 I will go with that.

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    • July 6, 2015 at 11:10
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      @junkmale:

      Exactly mate, I never critised his wall spirit and desire. He'd run through a brick wall for us!!

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  • July 6, 2015 at 11:06
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    Morning all.

    No-brainer decision as has been said.

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  • July 6, 2015 at 11:08
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    Congratulations TC show the rest of the lads what it means 2 wear the lions badge on their hearts COYL great choice bomber TC is MILLWALL at heart NOLU WDC

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  • July 6, 2015 at 11:08
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    Not a surprise, good decision. Hopefully he can set a good example for Sid, who can become captain in a couple of seasons.

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  • July 6, 2015 at 11:09
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    The best choice fits with the Harris rebuild program putting Millwall blood in the correct positions to influence the rest starting to feel like a proper lions den. Now all we need is a couple more players and 36 wins and 6 draws 4 losses job done Harris faith and pride restored

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      • July 6, 2015 at 11:23
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        @Millwallsteve1972: lol Steve I might have over dunnit on the losses if we can't get behind our own we will never as a club her behind any manager f*** it I'm ready I just hope there's 18000 more on there way come on you lions

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        • July 6, 2015 at 16:49
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          @dave666:
          Love it and deffo too many defeats factored in mate lol

          Can't wait to get going now, bring on league 1.

          Millllllllllllllllllllll

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  • July 6, 2015 at 11:24
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    I'd still prefer abdou as captain I know he's a bit quiet but he leads by example & he stayed when the going got tough instead of jumping ship twice. Not a good example in my opinion & I think graig is finished. But as I said before I hope he proves me wrong. I will be the first on here to praise him if he does.

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    • July 6, 2015 at 16:30
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      @block 28: He can hardly speak English, so good reason not to give him the captaincy

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      • July 6, 2015 at 16:45
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        @beedoscores:
        Your coming out with some crackers today ain't you! What a bellend you are. Ever spoke to Jimmy? Thought not. He can speak perfect English you thick thick thick c***.

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    • July 6, 2015 at 16:46
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      @block 28:
      Craig was captain of brentford 2 seasons ago when they won promotion, he was centre back last season for the first half of the season, and is only 30 years old. He is far from finished.

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      • July 6, 2015 at 18:25
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        @82wall: just saying it must be a kick in the nuts for Jimmy who's had to play while is son was under going treatment. But never complained a true millwall captain. We will just have to wait & see if TC has still got it.

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  • July 6, 2015 at 11:26
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    Personally wanted Jimmy captain but Craig is still a great choice.
    A real true Millwall player.
    Good luck TC.

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  • July 6, 2015 at 11:35
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    I said yesterday we need another winger as we only have 3, hopefully we will play with 2 wingers, as Harris was playing a central midfield on 1 side and an attacker on the other to switch to a seamless 4-3-3.
    Do you guys like that option or would you prefer a more rigid 4-4-2 with wingers?
    Personally I like the switching option especially as we have lack of height up front and L1 will have some tall CBs

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    • July 6, 2015 at 13:47
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      @brooker: I think it depends on what, who, how we play and what partnership develop, upson on the right with Cummings bombing byond him might work ? If Fred is or Paris play Cummings wouldn't need to be byond him so would Edwards be a better choice ?
      With the 4 3 3 I think that might be our away formation with o'brian switching left gergory up top.
      This year every player is mobile so less sitting so deep for example worrying shittu is to slow, or Hoover not wanting to be caught out 1 v 1

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  • July 6, 2015 at 12:13
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    Regarding dunne I was one of his biggest critics but I never doubted his commitment more his ability and also his questionable judgment

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  • July 6, 2015 at 13:40
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    Good to hear ... Left mid, would of loved if Gueye had stayed but obviously he thinks he can do better than League 1, however I think it would be a good call for Morison to come back so he can prove himself and he also has good experience in League 1, so for me that would be the best idea, especially as Morison has played with Harris, so im sure he has a lot of respect and would wise up.

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  • July 6, 2015 at 13:43
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    Welcome back Tony I don't know what they put in the water over in Brentford but he looks 10 years younger than when he left us ( lets hope he plays like it ) .

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  • July 6, 2015 at 17:06
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    Great I agree TC for captain but any rumours on a badly need striker

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  • July 6, 2015 at 17:40
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    Well he obviously loves the Den seeing as this is his 3rd stint with us! Most players MIGHT go back to a previous club ... ONCE. Remember, he was with us then left for Pal-a***, then back, then Brentford and now back again. Can't be many players who've signed for the same club 3 times. Welcome back TC!

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  • July 6, 2015 at 18:18
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    Good choice imo, you need a skipper to lead by example not just vocally. When the youth see TC getting stuck in and showing commitment ,pride and what it means to wear the Millwall shirt it will give them the boost they will need. This league is tough and he fits the bill.

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  • July 6, 2015 at 20:24
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    Every good team has three leaders on the pitch TC at the back and Jimmy in the middle it is up front where we may be lacking one could be that Gregory may be able to fill that role

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  • July 6, 2015 at 20:44
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    Great to have TC back, don't know why we ever got rid of in the first place.

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    • July 7, 2015 at 09:25
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      @LETEMCOME: You would think now Leeds have Chris Wood along with Billy Sharp and Nick Ajose that Morison will feel his chances of first team football all but diminished. He could definitely do a job for us in L1 and being experienced could form a pretty formidable partnership with Gregory but it's probably more of a case would he want to come to us again back in L1 for a promotion push campaign or hang about at Leeds. His career has been stop start since he left us for Norwich. Last role of the dice Steve, so c'mon come back and get involved!

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    • July 7, 2015 at 09:57
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      @LETEMCOME: really! I need some of your drugs mate! He's a lazy git and crap in the air with a lack of pace

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  • July 6, 2015 at 21:41
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    Let's hope all the players are safely tucked up in their bed with their teddies in their luxury hotel in Portugal. Harry must be spinning in his grave. THEY SHOULD BE UNDER CANVAS ON THE BRECON BEACONS WITH ONLY A TORCH, COMPASS AND A MATCH EACH TO FEND FOR THEMSELVES FOR A WEEK - 20-25 miles a day and night hiking and running with a 25 pound pack to carry real proper training. Now that would be real proper training - true what they say southern softies seems we are but perhaps not all of us. Make sure you are up for breakfast team and don't eat to many croissants!!!!!!!

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  • July 7, 2015 at 07:03
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    We need a serious injection of cash! Otherwise we're honing to be down here for a long time! We need a chairman who going to be serious! Beryl son in not in it for the club as it's losing money! There's something else to it! If this club doesn't be careful we're going to be playing bromley and dartford on a regular basis come a few years! Need to make the den a fortress again! They need to make the away end a s*******! Make them feel like there not welcome! And anyone who comes and nicks a point know that it's a hard fought point!

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  • July 7, 2015 at 08:08
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    Fulham play Millwall today in Portugal or so I hear or so I hear anyone else heard it

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        • July 7, 2015 at 11:02
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          @dave666: with the trouble we have arranging g good quality friendlies I think it's a great idea if they are playing in Portugal. I don't often go to preseason games as they are an exercise in training only so rarely good games to watch. We should have more behind closed doors friendlies if the quality of opposition is better.

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          • July 7, 2015 at 11:47
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            @Millwallsteve1972:

            Be interesting to see who Fordey lines up for lol!!

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  • July 7, 2015 at 11:00
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    As a left back I always felt TC'S passing g let him down, but as a CB and now he is at his peak age wise, this could well turn out to be our most important signing. Def the best captain and make Jimmy his second in case of injury etc...

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    • July 7, 2015 at 11:35
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      @glyngo: I agree with you but I like pre season friendlys as you get to see new players and get a feel for the coming season I'll be at Bromley Tuesday

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    • July 7, 2015 at 11:51
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      @glyngo:

      I always remember that high sort of half looping volley he scored at the Den, cant remember the opposition when back in league 1 the last time but think we won 4-0/4-1.

      Anyone remember who against?

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