FORMER Southend United defender Adam Barrett is relishing an "exciting opportunity" at a "really good football club" after joining Millwall's coaching staff.
Barrett retired from playing last month and wasted little time starting his coaching career.
He was in charge of Millwall U23s as they drew 0-0 at Sheffield United on Monday, a day after being part of Neil Harris' coaching team in their FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Tottenham.
Barrett, 37, explained his first-team development squad role with the Lions: "I'm taking the youngsters, mainly the U23 boys, and helping out with the first team. I took the U23 game against Sheffield United and we got a good 0-0 up there, the boys worked extremely hard.
"I'll be taking them during the day and also doing work with the first team. I'll help out where I'm needed. On match day it's another pair of eyes. I was a defender all my career so I'll be looking at the back four and defensively how we're doing.
"I'll use the experience I got over the last 20 years as a player and hopefully bring something to the coaching team.
"It's an exciting opportunity, I'm just recently retired. I always saw myself going down this route. I'm really excited to come to a really good football club.
"I can't wait, I'm enthusiastic and hungry to succeed.
"Whatever help I can provide I will, whether it's talking to the players and giving them advice. I've been through so many different situations in my career, ups and downs."
Read the full interview in Southwark News this Thursday.
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