NEIL Harris says he is happy with Millwall’s progress in the transfer market this summer – despite missing out on two prime targets.
There has been frustration among fans that the club have yet to buy a striker after the failed pursuit of Bradford’s James Hanson.
Centre-back Alfie Mawson also chose Barnsley over the Lions, with whom he had held talks.
Harris had hoped to have a couple more signings on board before the squad left for their training camp on Sunday.
But he is pleased with the shape of the current squad after the completion of the first week of ball-work at the club’s training base.
“We’re delighted with the business we’ve done so far. With John Marquis, Fred (Onyedinma) and Sid Nelson signing new deals, they’re almost like new signings. And then we’ve brought in Joe Martin and Jordan (Archer) as well.”
Marquis and Onyedinma picked up valuable first-team football last season with Gillingham and Wycombe respectively while Nelson nailed down one of the centre-back spots after Harris had been appointed manager.
Meanwhile the Lions boss hopes the technical work the players have done on the training ground this week will be reflected in how his side plays next season.
“At the moment it’s general football conditioning,” he said. “It’s hard work, but with the football. We do a lot of possession drills where the ball changes between players quite a lot.
“It means when you’re in possession you’re working hard with the ball with a clear purpose in mind, but when you lose the ball you know how to win it back quickly.
“We want to play high-tempo football, that’s the style I like.”
Coach Andy Frampton has also been on the training pitch this week for the first time following his return to the club and Harris believes he will prove the ideal sounding board for his young squad.
“Framps has come in and he’s got a wealth of experience,” Harris said. “He’s a good guy and a really good leader so if the boys want any thoughts on playing for the club, any honest advice or one-on-one coaching then Framps is a great person for them to go and ask and learn from.”