MILLWALL defender Sid Nelson says he wants to cement his place in the Lions first team next season.
The 19-year-old made 15 appearances last term and believes he will improve playing alongside the more experienced Tony Craig, Mark Beevers and Byron Webster.
“Next season the aim is to play as many games as I can in a Millwall shirt,” Nelson said.
“I've got Craig, Beevers and Webster teaching me and I'm learning a lot from them.
“I'm still learning my trade, I'm only 19.”
“They've put an arm round me and they've taught me a lot already. I try to watch how they play and try to build that into how I play.”
“I used to watch Tony Craig as a kid and seeing him play is great. I learn so much from him and he's fitted straight back into the team. The lads really respect him.”
Ten academy players featured in Tuesday’s 2-2 draw at Bromley and Nelson believes Millwall’s renewed focus on youth is a positive move by the club.
“It feels good to play with the academy boys, and it looks good for the club,” he said.
“It shows how successful our academy is with players coming through. They've all just slotted in really well and they fitted in well against Bromley.
“It’s good to see these players making the step up.”
Nelson also feels that Kris Twardek, who impressed after coming on in the second half at Hayes Lane, could become a fan favourite this season.
“Kris is a nippy little git,” Nelson joked. “His running and sharpness is so great. In the running tests he does so well, and on the ball he's very good.
“He’s good with both feet and he's definitely one to look out for.
“He's hard to play against because he's very direct and he wants to always look to create an end product.
“It’s great to have a player like that. We've not had a player come through the youth team like that for ages.
“Kris being a winger is a positive. He's very direct and he's going to get balls into the box and draw a lot of fouls.”