Millwall boss Neil Harris excited for fixtures release

MILLWALL manager Harris is looking forward to seeing how his side’s campaign will look this time next week.

The new English Football League fixtures are due to be released on June 22 with Championship, League One and League two teams all knowing their fate through to May.

And Harris has expressed his excitement for the new set of fixtures, as well as revealing his players can’t wait to return from pre-season.

“One thing I do know is that I'm excited for the fixtures coming out.” Harris said.

“I always look forward to that, then we can plan, we will be organised and look forward to working the boys hard pre-season.

“I don't think there is an ideal game to start the season off with.”

Last season Millwall had to travel to Wigan, Blackpool and Fleetwood all on Tuesday nights, and even if Harris is hoping the fixture computer is kinder on his side, he said the players and the staff will “get on with it” and not moan about how their season’s fixtures turn out.

“We don't moan about things we just get on with it,” Harris added. “We just get on with it – with cancelled fixtures, rearranged fixtures and however long the journeys are.

“As a team and a squad, we get on with it.

“Our away record was excellent [last season], it'll be the same this year, the fixture list will be the fixture list, however it falls, we will get on with it.”

Having missed out on an immediate return to England’s second tier, Harris admits there will be a target on Millwall’s back next season, but he and his side will be prepared to take on all-comers.

The Lions boss said: “There will be an expectation level on us this year, I don't think there will be many teams wanting to face us at the beginning of the season.

“We will prepare for whoever we get. I spoke to some of the players over the summer they are looking forward to it already.

"We will be ready to go on August 6."

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Jay Taylor