Millwall will give youngsters chance in EFL Trophy

DESPITE a lot of opposition to it, Neil Harris is determined to make the most of Millwall's EFL Trophy campaign.

The Lions were last week drawn in a group with West Brom's U23 side, Gillingham and Luton.

Last season, Millwall's first round win over Peterborough kick-started their season after four successive home losses.

They went on to reach the semi-finals of the competition when it was known as the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, which has been revamped and renamed to include a group phase and several Category One academies.

And Harris believes a rethink was overdue as he outlined this season's plans.

"I was up for a change, that's for sure," Harris said. "The competition had been dwindling for a few years. It's a good competition when you get towards the end of it. It's just how you perceive it as a club.

"Last year we took it really seriously because it was a chance to build momentum and get some wins, and we really enjoyed it.

"Other than a crazy 35 minutes at The Den against Oxford we had an excellent competition. It brought us some joy last year and this year we're taking it seriously but also seeing it as an opportunity to use some of the U21s.

"There will certainly be an opportunity for younger players to play in that. I have to play five players from the previous game but I'll be playing young players as well."

The EFL have yet to announce the fixture list for the 2016-17 competition.

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John Kelly