Ambler: Millwall knew transfer targets early

ANDY Ambler has stated that Millwall did their homework on their transfer targets and 'moved as quickly as they could' to secure them.

The last fortnight has seen Neil Harris complete a triple swoop, with David Worrall, Shaun Hutchinson and Gregg Wylde arriving in SE16 from Southend United, Fulham and Plymouth Argyle respectively.

The manager had claimed over the close-season that he wanted two wingers and a central defender to replace the outgoing Mark Beevers, Chris Taylor and Ed Upson and the Chief Executive told NewsAtDen that the club did their homework.

He said: "We knew our targets early, depending on what division we were going to be in – I think we did a lot of homework on David, Shaun and Gregg.

"It wasn't just a phone call saying they were available; Neil watched quite a lot of them. We got reports on them, too.

"I think we did our homework really well and we moved as quickly as we possibly could. Neil was really keen on putting the squad together as soon as possible, ahead of their first training session on Friday July 1."

Ambler also praised the club's recruitment department and declared that the signings would help the Lions to their target of reaching the top six once more.

He said: "We are pleased with the three new signings that have come in during the last fortnight.

"The challenge we have is to be in the top six for most of the season. I think it's really important and it shows the recruitment department – that we put in place last year – has worked really well."

Mark Litchfield