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."