Millwall youngsters will get first-team chance, says Harris

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NEIL Harris will give players who impress in the Elite Development Squad their chance in the first team if they produce consistent performances.

The Lions’ U21 side continued their fine recent form with a 4-1 win over Coventry at Calmont Road on Monday afternoon.

Keaton Wood put Millwall ahead before the break before striker Alfie Pavey fired a stunning seven-minute hat-trick to seal a fourth win in five games for Justin Skinner’s side.

Harris spoke during the summer of basing the future of the club on a successful production line of players from the underage ranks, having handed Pavey his first-team debut in the last game of last season against Wolves at Molineux.

Pavey joined Millwall on a two-year academy contract as a 17-year-old in May 2013 after a number of prolific seasons in the youth teams at Maidestone.

Harris has given prominent roles already this season to Sid Nelson, Ben Thompson and Fred Onyedinma and stressed if other youngsters like Pavey or defender Mahlon Romeo continue to impress they will get their chance in the first team.

He said: “That’s the idea (with the U21s), first-team players not being in the team get the opportunity to play for minutes but also to impress me.

“The U21 players also get a chance to impress me. Alfie Pavey has captained the side in the last two games and has scored five goals.

“Does he come into my thinking? Of course he does.

“Mahlon Romeo has been outstanding in the last two games. What they do is they catch the eye and give me food for thought.

“If they do that consistently their opportunity will come because that’s what we believe in here.

“Whether they’re 18 years old or 35 years old if they are consistent with their performances in the 21s, in training or coming off the bench, then they’ll certainly be looking to get an opportunity in the first team.”

John Kelly

(@jkelly1882)

9 thoughts on “Millwall youngsters will get first-team chance, says Harris

  • September 22, 2015 at 15:07
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    He doesn't really have much choice with such a threadbare squad and little backing from the Chairman.

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    • September 22, 2015 at 15:49
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      @Micky Lions:

      yes the constant message is don't expect us to spend anything - so a season of mediocrity - what is the point? how can you expect untried youngsters to pull the season around

      if romeo is outstanding why isn't he playing - it don't take much to be a full back in our side

      talk is cheap

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  • September 22, 2015 at 15:16
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    Whats happened to Philpot? Gone off radar.

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  • September 22, 2015 at 16:20
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    Nice to see that we are back taking comments on this posting - but not the previous Archer posting - what was that all about?

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  • September 22, 2015 at 21:17
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    Looks like Paris Cowan Hall and Bryron Webster all injured it must be Keaton Wood and Alfie Pavey on the first team bench as far as Required.

    changes and formation is no brainer

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