MAHLON Romeo insists he won’t let complacency set in after making his first appearance for Millwall since December 17.
The young right-back had missed the previous nine games after Shaun Cummings was brought back into the starting XI after the 3-0 defeat to Scunthorpe United.
And Romeo was quick to add Cummings has helped him to develop his own game in what he has called a "learning curve" after his first stint out of the side following an impressive debut year.
“I’m happy to be back in (the team),” Romeo admitted. “I’m not complacent though, as there are a lot of fixtures coming up and things could change, but I’m always happy to be in and around the squad, no matter what.
“And Shaun has been brilliant. I definitely think with everything I have learnt this season, and last, I’m a better player for it.
“This is my first full season with the first team, there have been a lot of learning curves, and being left out of the team is definitely one of them – I feel I’ve come out better from it.
“I’ve come back in after the games I wasn't involved in and I’m a lot fresher.”
With competition for places in every position, the 21-year-old feels he is perfectly fit heading into the final third of the season, and is looking to keep hold of his spot in manager Neil Harris’ starting XI.
“I’m looking to start every game,” Romeo explained. “I have to make sure I’m sharp and ready to go – the whole squad is the same, everyone wants to play and it’s keeping everyone on their toes.
“This is my second season, and I know last year I came into the squad around this time and we did well, and it looks like we have momentum again.
“I couldn't say what it is down to but the form is coming at a good time, its well overdue.
“For me, individually though, I have to try and make sure I stay sharp. I don't see it as I have to be better than this person or that person but I just had to have myself ready be the best that I possibly can be.
“At the end of the day, it’s all about what the team can do.”