Millwall youngster Powell hails Holloway's stance on youth

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JACK Powell has revealed Millwall's youngsters feel more appreciated under Ian Holloway.

And because of Holloway's stance on youth, Powell says that the first team players at the club are now quick to offer guidance to those coming through the ranks.

The senior professionals are also wary they could be replaced by an academy prospect, the midfielder said.

"It's been that way since the new manager came in," Powell explained.

"It's made the first team players think that we are there and we are ready to go, but at the same time they're willing to give us advice.

"Everyone at the club wants to give youngsters advice.

"They aren't sacred to pull you aside and tell you 'you could do this better or you could do that better'.

"I think the whole squad looks to help out the younger players.

Powell added: "The manager put a few of us in and around the squad and Fred Onyedinma played a few games last season.

"That sent out a message to the other players that we've got youth players who are ready to go and they should be looking over their shoulders.

"The first team players are now thinking that the manager is willing to put the young players in. That's brought everyone together and made things competitive."

Jay Taylor

(@jay_taylor18)

14 thoughts on “Millwall youngster Powell hails Holloway's stance on youth

  • June 25, 2014 at 18:53
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    This is how it should be! Anyone know what the f*** is going on with "Lions Player?" It keeps saying its been upgraded but can't get passed that screen. Does it everytime I try to watch a vid. I have tried signing in and out but won't have it. Do I need to re-subscribe for the new season? I would have thought it would just continue on. Any thoughts? Cheers!

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  • June 25, 2014 at 19:54
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    Anyone remember how we did when we last brought the youth through the ranks in force? If I remember correctly we were champions of League 1 equivalent, got to the playoffs of the championship equivalent and got to the FA Cup Final. Ah, finally a manager is learning from past success. COYFL!!!

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  • June 25, 2014 at 19:55
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    Fred will establish himself. Who else is good enough? Good talking but the championship is tough.

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    • June 25, 2014 at 20:13
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      @Bassett: powel.goodman.o'brien & fred was at millwall long before olly arrived the real star is scott fitz with a short help from bomber.,these are the people who do all the hard work..i bet olly agrees...keep the great work up NH.SF

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      • June 25, 2014 at 20:49
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        @Jim28: Well said Jim, you'd think Holloway had given birth to these players the way some go on.

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  • June 25, 2014 at 21:44
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    I take it that there's no news on a new striker then.

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    • June 25, 2014 at 21:57
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      @NICKOLA: we got one. Now you're just getting greedy.

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    • June 25, 2014 at 22:35
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      @NICKOLA: Yeah apparently this new target is more "established" but the situation is "complicated" and will take time

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  • June 25, 2014 at 22:01
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    Finally, after years of drafting in 30+ year old journeymen, we have a manager who sees the sense of having a youth policy and encouraging those players to step up & fight for 1st team places. This is the way forward for a club of our size with limited resources. I hope that IH practices what he preaches.

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  • June 26, 2014 at 01:44
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    We have youth bursting to get into the side after being well nurtured by scott for a number of years ..dont think powell is there yet..but goodman.o'brien & fred are..i hope they get there chance...& they dont use someone like squarus as a role model

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  • June 26, 2014 at 01:44
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    If we have another s*** start to the season, you can bet he won't be using the kids. Too much pressure to trust them. Sad but that's the way it is. Hopefully we have a good start and then we can afford to take the risk in fielding 1/2 youngsters every game.

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  • June 26, 2014 at 07:52
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    I've heard rumours that we are looking to take Jordon Ibe on loan. Bermondsey boy born & bred, looking to prove himself to Liverpool, seems like a perfect fit, if true. Will inject the pace we very much need.

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  • June 26, 2014 at 08:09
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    And so it should be jack, the more senior blokes should be leaders offering guidance and experience to you younger guys not just on the pitch but in life, making you feel at ease and confident in the group. And in turn you grow, bust ya balls to do the right things and form an un breakable culture that sets millwall up for years to come. Every person involved with the club should seize this opportunity to play their role and make every post a winner. Have a good hard look at the kit jack and understand the opportunity that's before you!! And the people employed by the club to understand that you're time will go quickly so treat it with the respect you're jobs deserve . It's not a right, it's an absolute privilege!!

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  • June 26, 2014 at 09:22
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    I am keen to see Powell and O'Brien given a chance, as for Marquis, the jury is still out for me.

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