Millwall's Williams confident ahead of new season

SHAUN Williams says “the future is bright” for Millwall and believes opposition teams won’t fancy their trips to The Den this season.

Millwall endured a difficult start to last season when they lost their first four home games, but they ended the campaign unbeaten in their last nine games at The Den.

Williams is confident Millwall can start this season in the same vein as he outlined what makes the side difficult to play against.

“If we can take our form from the end of last season into this season I don’t think many teams will take points off us at The Den. The future is bright for us this season and I think we will do quite well.

“Everybody has got to give their all and work their socks off, that’s no different from any formation that you play.

“I think that in a 4-4-2 you don’t pass the ball around an awful lot because you’ve got two up front that do the business week-in, week-out, so you’ve got to supply them with the ball.

“Build-up play goes a bit out the window, we can score more goals as a counter-attacking team. It works for the style of players we have here.

“I’ve only played a year and a half in the Championship so most of my career has been in League One. I know what it’s about and I don’t think many teams will like coming up against us because of our style of play. Most teams want to pass it.”

Meanwhile, the 29-year-old midfielder is also predicting a bright future for Paul Rooney, the young Irish defender who has followed the same path Williams did in 2011 when he moved to League One from the League of Ireland.

Rooney joined the Lions from Dublin club Bohemians this summer and Williams has been impressed with what he has seen from the 19-year-old so far.

“He’s an exciting player,” Williams said. “I think he could play in midfield as well, he’s got an eye for a pass. He’s a good signing for the club.

“When I originally signed for MK Dons I couldn’t play for four months because (of an agreement with) the team I had left.

“But I trained for that amount of time so I was ready when it came around. In Paul’s case he’s got a full pre-season under his belt and he seems like a bright lad on the pitch so I don’t think it’ll be too hard for him to make the step-up.”

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John Kelly