TONY Craig said he has “a lot to prove” after so long spent out injured last season.
Craig missed almost six months of the 2015-16 campaign with a knee injury but has looked sharp in Millwall’s pre-season games ahead of the opening League One clash with Oldham next weekend.
Craig, 31, started at left-back in his testimonial against former club Brentford last Saturday before switching to centre-back after Shaun Hutchinson went off injured where he made some important interventions in the 1-1 draw.
The Millwall club captain will partner Byron Webster in the centre of defence if Hutchinson is ruled out, and he is raring to get going.
“I’ve got a lot to prove this season, I know that,” Craig admitted. “Pre-season was absolutely massive for me. Unfortunately last season was one of those seasons where it seemed nothing went right for me.
“Being out for six-and-a-half, seven months is a long time and I missed a lot. This season I’ve got a burning desire inside me to succeed and I’ve got a point to prove.
“It’s very important that we kept the core of the squad. We’ve got a good mix in this team and thankfully the young boys got a year’s experience under their belts. We’ve got a lot of exciting prospects coming through, it’s a good time at this club.
Meanwhile Craig said he hasn’t had to tell new signings Hutchinson, David Worrall and Gregg Wylde – who all made their first home appearances against the Bees – what to expect from The Den, but he did offer a simple guide how to win over Lions fans.
Craig said: “They know what’s coming up. It’s a great environment to play your football in and if give your heart and soul week-in, week-out you’ll do well.”
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