Millwall boss: Squad have "embraced" Portugal experience

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NEIL Harris took the opportunity to run the rule over a number of young Lions in Portugal this week.

The squad will have another fitness session this evening before completing their pre-season preparations tomorrow and Harris said it has been a “fantastic” week.

The Millwall boss brought the likes of midfielders Kris Twardek and Kyron Farrell, who both featured for the U21s last season, to the training camp.

The pair signed their first professional contracts with the club last April and have represented the Czech Republic and Ireland respectively at underage level.

Mahlon Romeo, who has had a hectic summer after being involved in Antigua and Barbuda’s 5-4 aggregate win over St Lucia in the World Cup qualifiers in the Caribbean a month ago, also made the trip.

“We want these players to come through and develop and to form part of the group with the likes of Fred Onyedinma, Jamie Philpot, Alfie Pavey, Ben Thompson and players like that, but it does take time,” Harris told the club's official website.

“Last year Sid and Aiden played regularly and we all saw the attributes they had.

“The young lads are as fit as anything so it’s more about them finding a standing within the group and for them to realise that is where they belong.”

Harris also said it was a good opportunity for the club's trio of new signings to integrate into the squad.

“These are the perfect weeks for new boys to settle in.

“So far everything has been fantastic. It has been extremely hot, ridiculously so at times, but the boys have got on with things and completely embraced and enjoyed it all.

“It has been an opportunity for the squad to spend time together, which has been really key.

“The physical work they have done has been outstanding.”

The squad and backroom team will board a flight back to London tomorrow evening before Harris picks his first side of the season for the friendly against Bromley on Tuesday.

John Kelly


13 thoughts on “Millwall boss: Squad have "embraced" Portugal experience

  • July 9, 2015 at 16:00

    Good for them, I'll be "embracing" my Benidorm experience next week. Similar training regime, but not quite!

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  • July 9, 2015 at 16:07

    That speech sounds very much like coco's in portugal last season. The jury is out. COYL

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    • July 9, 2015 at 16:18

      @wallchef: yep, I remember it well. Something like the players are the fittest I've ever seen, then 3 weeks into the season they are telling us the players are tired! In saying that, what will be will be and fingers crossed Neil and the boys put the effort in

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  • July 9, 2015 at 16:17

    Am fed up with these sunshine stories, much like bonehead's budget speech yesterday camouflage to cover up the how worse off we are gonna be, but in this case to paper over the fact that the club has not spent a penny on buying anyone. Still it makes for copy on this site.

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    • July 9, 2015 at 18:29

      Not sure if this website is true or false but by all accounts it was South London press.
      Article states we lost 8 million !! I can almost be certain we made a lose but if it was close to 8 million then Lord help us...
      Please answer Who ? Why? Where is money going to come from to buy new players ? Also the wage Budget has shrunk but we are still over the limit to what we can afford to make reasonable lose the next season ...

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      • July 9, 2015 at 22:29


        most probably true - add to 7 million lost before that - you can see why we cant sign anyone

        ridiculous wages to some players last year no doubt

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        • July 10, 2015 at 08:53

          @timchimes: jb was referring to the money we lost by getting relagated and the drop in sky and gate money..wages dont come into it seeing they have been cut...but dont worry about jb he has worked out a plan to start getting some of his loan back without effecting the club

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    • July 9, 2015 at 19:27

      Next season is about building the foundations of our future, like the Mcgee days.... Let's hope we gel and a few more Ifil's, Cahill's, Harris, Lucas Neil's, Steven Reid's and Richard Sadliers come out the woodwork....

      We have limited funds and small gates, I will certainly slate my Millwall mates who never show up to support and so should everyone else!!!

      We need bums on seats!!! If you can get down the Den and support!!!! Millwall needs you!!

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      • July 10, 2015 at 12:54

        @JONO: I agree with your comment, except the foundations were in place for Mcgee, put there by Stevens and Maclearance. I hope Harris will put the foundations in place in the same way as a former player and recogniser of youth, and still be in place himself when it matures.

        A 3rd tier season, and I'm looking forward to it more than the last 2 2nd tier seasons!!

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  • July 9, 2015 at 17:46

    I'm all for bringing through our own young players who have been developed under Harris into the first team.

    However with very little time before the new season we appear to be going into league 1 with a vastly inexperienced team and management.

    Still no sign of that experienced striker, I'm sure they'll be a few experienced players leaving before the season starts,although it appears nobody is interested in any of our players, have any of those that were released even found a new club?

    Long hard season ahead IMO

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