Boss: Millwall will be patient with Smith

NEW signing Harry Smith will have to wait for his chance in the first team, says his boss Neil Harris.

Smith signed a two-year deal with Millwall on Monday after impressing on trial, with the Lions paying Folkestone Invicta an undisclosed fee, believed to be around £15,000 with add-ons.

Centre-forward Smith, 21, is likely to make his competitive debut with the U21 side, and Harris believes he has the qualities to be a success at the club.

“Harry is a boy who has been flagged up by the recruitment department,” Harris explained.

“He scored goals at Folkestone, albeit at a lower level, but he’s got the attributes to be a really good, talented footballer.

“There are lots of things he needs to improve on but he’s got a great touch, great awareness and good physical attributes with his pace and size.

“We feel that we just need to bring him out of himself a bit more, make him more of a threat in and around the penalty area.

“He’s not one that’s going to come and play in the first team next week. He needs time to adapt and everyone will have to be patient with him.

“We’re bringing him in from a non-league side because we see potential but potential doesn’t get realised immediately, it takes time.

“We see something in him to think he has the attributes to play in our first team in the future and we really look forward to working with the boy.”

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John Kelly