STEVE Morison is targeting 20 goals for Millwall this season – but says his number one priority is helping Neil Harris' side win promotion.
Morison was quickly off the mark against Shrewsbury on Saturday, tapping in after Fred Onyedinma’s run and cross.
The 31-year-old centre-forward was the last Millwall player to score more than 20 goals in one season, netting 23 when he helped fire the Lions to promotion to the Championship in 2009-10.
He got 17 the following season as Millwall finished ninth in the table and is setting similar high standards this season after Onyedinma teed him up for the equaliser at Greenhous Meadow.
Of his goal he said: “I saw Fred going down the left but when he pulled it back I thought, ‘This is never going to get to me.’ And then all of a sudden it was there and I was able to put it in.
“I was desperate to win that game, get back, and it was great to get that goal after Fred’s magic down the wing.”
“When I first came I didn’t set myself any targets because I was new to the level but now that I’m here I want to get to 20 goals,” he said.
“If I didn’t get to 20 goals and we got promoted it wouldn’t bother me too much, but from a personal point of view I’d like to get to 20.
The striker also revealed the process behind his move back to south London after Leeds manager Uwe Rosler had told him early last week that he wanted him to stay at Elland Road.
Little over 24 hours later, however, he had sealed his move to Millwall and began training with his new club just two days before the trip to Shrewsbury.
“It all happened quite quickly,” he explained. “I had played for Leeds the Saturday before and trained Monday. It was Monday afternoon I got a call to say things had been agreed between the two clubs and I came down Tuesday.
“I left Leeds at 9am and got here at about three in the afternoon. I got it all done, went back to the family on Wednesday and then back to work Thursday.
“It wasn’t something I was overly thinking about but obviously when Leeds said that they didn’t want me – or the owner didn’t want me to be there, the manager was a different kettle of fish – once that had all been agreed there was only one place I wanted to go.
“The offer was on the table and, once I was able to leave, this was an ideal situation.
“I spoke to Rosler on the Monday and he was keen for me to stay, he wasn’t really interested in me leaving.
“He put it in my court and I went away for a couple of hours and made the decision that I would accept the offer the owner had given me and I was going to leave.”