NEIL Harris has included Millwall’s three summer acquisitions in his squad for the trip to Bromley this evening.
Jordan Archer, Joe Martin and Tony Craig should all feature in the Lions’ first pre-season fixture ahead of the Sky Bet League One campaign.
David Forde, who returned to training yesterday following an extended break after his involvement in Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland in June, is not in the squad but could feature against AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.
Lee Gregory, meanwhile, picked up a knock in training and has been left out as a precaution. He could also be fit to play at Kingsmeadow.
Jamie Philpot and Paris Cowan-Hall are not included as they continue to recover from their injuries.
Philpot and veteran Carlos Edwards, who is out of contract but could earn a new deal if he proves his fitness, could play in an U21 game against Kingstonians next week.
Kristopher Twardek and Mahlon Romeo, both of whom went to the training camp in the Algarve, will also get the chance to impress this evening.
Goalkeeper Tom King, who signed a new deal with the club last week, is in the squad after playing 60 minutes for a Millwall XI side in a scoreless draw with Braintree last night.
Manager Harris is looking forward to seeing the results of pre-season work at Hayes Lane after putting the players though some tough sessions in Portugal last week.
“It was important to spend six days together as a group to build friendships and bonds between them,” he said. “And also for the players to be able to enjoy themselves at the right times and to get some quality work done.
“Sometimes it’s easier to do that when you’re all in the same environment.
“We got 13 sessions done in five days, two video sessions and 60 minutes against Fulham (a 0-0 draw).
“Each player got 30 minutes in that game and 45 minutes in a game amongst ourselves on Friday. The game against Fulham was very competitive, both teams wanted to impress their managers.
“We had over-trained the boys on the Monday so that they went into the game very tired. The fitness coach then took them for extra running afterwards to really test their bodies and they all came through with flying colours.”
Harris is expected to start tonight with the same formation that he used in his ten games as boss last term.
“Shape wise, it’s as we were at the end of last season playing 4-4-2. We can also move into a 4-4-1-1 with a lot of players getting forward into the box, there’s a lot of energy and hard work in the team, they’re the mainstays for us.
“My philosophy and the club’s philosophy are the same. I want the players to show me that they’ve taken on board little things that we’ve told them. We haven’t coached massively tactically yet.
“We’ve touched on a few things. I want to see units, whether it’s the back four or the strikers, working together in combinations, but it’s really the fitness levels and work rate with and without the ball.
“Yes, we want to win the game, but it’s not massively important. It’s about getting more minutes in and hopefully everyone coming through safely.”