Tony Craig has 'point to prove with Millwall

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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