JOE Martin said he has been impressed with boss Neil Harris as he reflected on his first few days training with his new teammates.
The 26-year-old signed a one-year deal with the Lions last week after five years at Gillingham.
Harris hopes his new defender will offer a threat attacking from deep and at 6ft tall he will also help Millwall in an area where they suffered last season – defending set-pieces.
The left-back is also an accomplished striker of a dead ball.
And Martin admitted he was left in no doubt about the pre-season workload after his new boss last week outlined his expectations to the squad for the coming season.
He said: “When I first met him he was very black and white – there are no grey areas with him. He’s very straightforward, straight-talking and you knew straight away what he wanted from you. I like that approach.
“He’s been the same since we came in last week. He told us it’s going to be hard. It’s not going to be easy in pre-season or throughout the season.”
Millwall’s new boys Martin and Jordan Archer had little time to ease their way into pre-season preparations – the squad have been at the training complex for an 8am start each morning, starting with running sessions before moving on to technical and tactical drills and finishing with a gym session in the afternoon.
But Martin believes the hardship now will lay a solid physical base for the season.
“This work has got to be done now. Hopefully we’ll have success to show at the end of it.”