New boys settle in as Millwall enjoy ‘promising’ start to pre-season

NEIL Harris said new recruits James Meredith and Tom Elliott have the respect of their new team-mates as Millwall started pre-season training this week.

Meredith and Elliott both scored against the Lions last season – to secure League One draws for Bradford and AFC Wimbledon, respectively – before becoming Harris’ first signings this summer for their Championship campaign.

They were joined by the returning George Saville and Jed Wallace, who signed three-year deals on Monday after previous loan spells with the club.

Harris feels Saville’s recent Championship experience is “key” as Millwall started preparations after winning the League One play-off final in May following their Wembley loss in the previous season’s decider.

“Even last year when we came back in there was still momentum, the boys were still good,” Harris said.

“But [Monday] you could see the camaraderie with the boys straightaway. George has been with us before, Jed was with us last year.

“The boys also appreciate that Mezza and Tom are good players, both of them were very, very good against us last year.

“When the lads appreciate we’re signing good players they know the competition will be there. The professional respect is also there.

“The spirit in the camp was really good, the lads were delighted to see each other and catch up after the summer. It was a really promising first day.

“George knows what the club is all about, he had a really good loan spell with us the season before last and showed the fans his quality and the impact he can have. The fact he knows a lot of the players already is a positive and his Championship experience is key.

“Yes, every level is different and the boys who were with us last year deserve the chance to test themselves in the Championship. But it’s good to have players come in with recent Championship experience.”

James Meredith on the first day of testing
Kris Twardek will be hoping for a breakthrough season
George Saville has joined Millwall for a third time
One of Millwall's play-off heroes Jordan Archer
The squad start their running work
Saville takes a break
Boss Neil Harris enjoying the first day back
This will be Steve Morison's fifth full season with Millwall
Morison and Saville do some ball work
Shaun Hutchinson is back in the Championship where he played with Fulham
Lee Gregory shares a joke with Byron Webster
Mahlon Romeo keeps the ball from Tom Elliott
Elliott joined Millwall from AFC Wimbledon this summer

Images: Millwall FC 

John Kelly