Millwall fans will appreciate Worrall, says boss

NEIL Harris believes David Worrall is exactly the type of player Millwall fans will enjoy watching after the attacker’s impressive competitive debut in the 3-0 win over Oldham in League One on Saturday.

Worrall (above) created two of the Lions’ goals when Oldham failed to deal with his dangerous deliveries from corners and Aiden O’Brien and Byron Webster capitalised after Lee Gregory had shot Millwall ahead to make it a comfortable afternoon for Harris’ side.

The 25-year-old winger also linked up well with right-back Mahlon Romeo and Harris wasn’t surprised the home supporters immediately took to the summer recruit from Southend.

“I thought Wozza was excellent, you can see his energy levels, see what he’s about,” Harris said. “He puts balls in the box, he has linked really well with Mahlon over the course of pre-season. I think he showed every Millwall fan what you get from him: 100 per cent effort, real desire and a no-fear attitude. And he’s a good footballer as well.

“I watched David a lot of times over the last couple of years and we’re trying to sign players that epitomise what our supporters want to see. The first thing they want to see is effort and hunger and he certainly fits the bill. And he’s got quality on the ball.”

Worrall is one of three first-team signings Harris made during the summer and with no emergency transfer window this season the Millwall boss will have to complete his squad for the first half of the campaign before the end of August

He could still recruit – and a deal for striker Harry Smith is close – but he insists he is happy with his current options.

“I’ve said all along, even before pre-season started after we signed Gregg Wylde, I’m delighted with the squad,” Harris said. “I would wait until the middle of August onwards if I feel we need to improve anywhere, to give us some strength in depth somewhere.

“I think you can see at the moment it’s a difficult team selection because we’ve got a good squad of players. On Saturday Joe Martin wasn’t available to start the game because of (a lack of) fitness. Shaun Hutchinson couldn’t make the starting XI because of injury and you’ve got Shaun Cummings as well.

“So we’ve got a lot of good players. It’s just whether at some stage I feel that we need that little bit of depth to the squad.”

Meanwhile, Harris wants to close a deal for Folkestone Invicta striker Smith, who was a guest at The Den at the weekend, to increase his attacking options.

“Harry Smith did really well for us on trial," Harris said. "We have agreed a fee with Folkestone for his services so it’s just a question of tying up the loose ends. It’s never complete until it’s done but he came to the game (Saturday) because he wanted to see us play and he was welcome. Hopefully we get the deal over the line.”

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John Kelly