MILLWALL academy boss Scott Fitzgerald has described Ian Holloway's approach to the club's youth set-up as "phenomenal".
Holloway has given four promising Lions – Fred Onyedinma, Josh Siafa, Jack Powell and Ben Thompson – their senior debuts since his appointment in January.
Goalkeeper Denzel Gerrar has also been promoted to the first-team bench this season.
And Fitzgerald has been enthused by Holloway's policy.
He said: "Holloway has already shown that he's going to give youth a chance.
"He did it last season with Fred, he took the U21s to the pre-season training camp in Portugal and he's given three lads their senior debuts this year.
"The manager is seeing that we have got some good players coming through and the next step is to get them into the team."
Fitzgerald added: "The manager stated on day one that he wants to build the club, which for me says it all.
"Most managers plan for today but Ollie is looking further down the line.
"We have had numerous meetings about what’s going on with every age group, who's coming through and how we do things.
"For me it has been brilliant. For a manager to wonder what the U9s are doing is amazing – I can't stress that enough. It’s been phenomenal in that respect."
Holloway has credited Fitzgerald and U21 manager Neil Harris for giving Millwall's youngsters "fantastic" attitudes.
"I'm excited about the growth of the club," Holloway said. "It goes right the way back to Scott deciding to stay with the club when Fulham wanted him in the summer.
"That wasn't a financial decision, it was a football decision. Scott likes his job and what he’s doing here. He's really, really good at it.
"It speaks volumes for the club that we've got someone like Scott who was headhunted by a big club but still wanted to stay.
"He knows that if the academy players are doing well, I'll pick them. I've let Josh Wright go because Jack Powell has done well and at the moment he’s going to play.
"At the end of the day, what does your youth coach want? To see the likes of Powell get their chance.
"Scott and Neil have given the young players an absolutely fantastic attitude – every single one of them."