Millwall boss Neil Harris says his squad are in “great condition” after a week of pre-season training.
After assessing the players’ physical levels last week Harris and his management team have been overseeing football drills this week.
The players have had early starts, arriving at the training ground before 8am and working through the morning before finishing with gym sessions in the afternoon.
Temperatures rose as the week went on but Harris believes the work the players did in the off-season has given them a head start.
“The boys are in great condition so we’ve really been able to step up the football work quite quickly,” he said. “They minded themselves really well during the summer which shows they all want to be at their best all the time.
“We’ve got a real good bunch of pros. We’re a few days ahead of schedule. We came back early anyway so we’re happy with where we are.”
Harris also confirmed midfielder Shaun Williams has been able to participate fully this week after his injury lay-off.
“Shaun’s done really well,” he added. “He’s ahead of schedule. He’s where we hoped he would be and the hope is he continues to tick along.
“We have to be mindful that he had a really nasty injury so we have to be cautious but he’s a naturally fit boy anyway as well.
Meanwhile Harris says that despite having achieved the aim of reducing the average age of the squad, he would consider bringing in a player in his 30s if he was the right fit.
He said: “When we’re talking about one player in a specific position it’s irrelevant for me how old the player is. We’re doing our homework on all aspects of players, from fitness to mindset and all the rest of it.
“We want to bring in the right character and whether he’s 18 years old or 33, that’s not important to me.”