Millwall attacker: Championship will bring out the best in us

AIDEN O’Brien praised his boss Neil Harris for giving him his chance at Millwall after the Lions sealed promotion to the Championship.

O’Brien started as Millwall defeated Bradford 1-0 at Wembley through Steve Morison’s goal, and he is back in the second tier, where he scored his first goal for the club under Harris against Brentford in 2015.

O’Brien made his debut in a League Cup clash at Wolves in 2011, but it was three years until his next senior appearance and he only became a regular after Harris had taken over as first-team boss.

O’Brien said: “He started my career, really. Well, other than Ian Holloway who played me on my birthday away at Derby, he [Harris] kind of started it off.

“He pulled me to one side and said, ‘I believe in you’. He sent me out at Brentford, I scored my first goal and I haven't stopped scoring since. So credit goes to Neil Harris. He’s a top manager and he’s going to go places.”

Harris will have to bolster Millwall’s squad before next season, with the Lions already installed as one of the bookies’ favourites to go straight back down.

“When we all come back in pre-season, whether he brings in new players or keeps the same ones, the aim is still the same,” O’Brien said. “We will go and try to win every game.

“I just wanted to get into the Championship. It’s a much better league, the quality is much better and it’s going to test us as players. It’s going to bring out the best in us and we can’t wait to get going.”

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John Kelly