Smith to get chance in Millwall's clash at Greenwich

MILLWALL will continue to assess striker Harry Smith, who has played two pre-season games on trial at the club.

Smith, who helped Folkestone Invicta to promotion to the Isthmian League Premier Division (the seventh level of the English football league system) last season, got an assist in the 2-1 win at Dulwich Hamlet last Saturday.

The 6ft 6ins striker made his second appearance for the club when he came on as a 62nd-minute substitute for Jamie Philpot against Dover on Tuesday night.

Smith, 21, gave Millwall more of a physical presence up front against a strong Dover defence.

Harris will be at the DGS Marine Stadium this week to watch a Millwall XI side coached by Justin Skinner take on former Lions striker Gary Alexander’s Greenwich Borough.

Smith could get more time in his next outing as he bids to earn a deal with the club, but Harris warned there is a big gap in quality between the division he currently plays in and the third tier of English football.

“He will probably feature against Greenwich on Friday night, and we will speak to him next weekend,” Harris said.

“There’s a massive gulf between the level he’s playing at at the moment, to going into League One. We have to look at the boy’s needs and where his development is.

“But he’s got a lovely touch of the football and his aerial ability is there as well. He’s definitely got good attributes and we’ll be patient with our decision.

“There is a lot of demand on the player to go (on trial) to other places. He is enjoying his time with us and is committed to us at the moment.

“We’ll see him again on Friday.”

Meanwhile, left-back Joe Martin could feature for the first time in pre-season for a Millwall XI against Welling next week.

Martin has been out injured since going off with a calf injury in the first-half of the play-off final defeat against Barnsley in May.

Martin returned to first-team training this week.

“Joe Martin will look to get 45 minutes at Welling,” Harris said. “It will be a welcome return to the squad. We’ve got a lot of experienced players at the club and a lot of youth as well.

“To have Joe back in that middle age group will be really good for us. He’s added some quality to training this week.”

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John Kelly