Millwall squad in 'great spirit' ahead of Portugal trip

THE Millwall squad, management team and medical and fitness staff are jetting off to Portugal on Thursday for a six-day training camp as they ramp up their preparations for the new season.

The players, including new boys David Worrall, Gregg Wylde and Shaun Hutchinson, met for the first time since the summer break last Friday when they were put through a number of tests to gauge their physical levels.

Lions boss Neil Harris said the squad were in "really good shape" and in "great spirit" as he outlined the fitness and tactical plans before the first pre-season friendly against Bromley on Saturday week.

"Portugal will be three sessions a day," Harris explained. "In that heat they won't be three physical, high-tempo sessions. There might be one running session, one football-based session, and then the third one might be a video analysis session showing clips of how we want to play this year and how we played last year; how we can improve, what we did well and want to do again.

"I put that on as a 30- or 40-minute session and then we work on that that day or the following day out on the pitch.

"There will also be bike or pool sessions as well as working in the gym, so we rotate those sessions. We'll also have a game when we are there as well.

"We come back to Calmont Road on the Friday and play Bromley on the Saturday.

"All in all the boys are in really good shape and are in great spirit. We had a couple of good days on Friday and Saturday and we start the hard work now."

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John Kelly