'Detailed' Harris presentation impressed new Millwall recruit

JAMES Meredith said an “intricate” presentation to him by Neil Harris influenced his decision to join Millwall.

Meredith signed a two-year deal with the Lions last week after rejecting a new contract from Bradford.

Millwall defeated the Bantams in the League One play-off final in May, and Meredith will now have the chance to play in the second tier of English football for the first time in his career.

The club contacted the Australian international’s representatives shortly after the final, with Harris using video clips to show the role he had in mind for Meredith next season and how he will fit into the team.

There were a number of other clubs interested in Meredith, with his former boss at Bradford Phil Parkinson putting pressure on him to sign for Bolton.

Meredith explained Millwall wasted little time in trying to secure his signature after the Wembley decider.

“I got an inkling after the play-off final,” Meredith, 29, said. “Obviously I was disappointed with the result at the time, then my agent started to speak to the manager and there was interest.

“I came down to see [Harris] and to see his plans for the future, and the things he said about the cub.

“He persuaded me and I feel I have made a really good decision. I’m really happy with signing.

“I sat down with him and he showed me his plans for next season and how he thought I would fit into those plans – I was really impressed.

“His approach was very detailed – there were a lot of video clips, it was really intricate.

“He showed me exactly what he wants me doing next season, exactly how the team will play and how he would want other players playing off me, it was really impressive. I’m really looking forward to getting started.”

Meredith is also confident it won’t take him long to find his feet in south London.

He said: “I would like to fit in and settle down here, I think all the lads will make me quite welcome from what I hear.

“They are a good bunch and everyone is together.”

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John Kelly