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.”
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