Millwall's Moro relishes Leeds United reunion

STEVE Morison is hoping Leeds United's progress continues – so he can experience a packed Elland Road this season.

Millwall head to Leeds in the New Year where they will face a side looking to build on last season's seventh-place finish under Garry Monk.

Leeds looked like they would clinch a play-off place before winning just one of their last eight league fixtures.

Morison scored five goals in 41 appearances for Leeds before joining Millwall for a third time in the summer of 2015.

And he wants new Whites boss Thomas Christiansen to have the side firing to ensure a charged atmosphere when Neil Harris takes the Lions to Elland Road on January 20.

"That'll be a good one going back there, especially with the crowd they're getting nowadays and the relative success they had last season," Morison said.

"Hopefully they can continue that this year. I'd much rather be playing in front of 30/40,000 at Elland Road than 10 or 20.

"It's a fantastic ground with fantastic fans so it'll be a right good atmosphere.

"I'm not sure we'll have a big number at Leeds because they make it hard work. But Millwall fans are going to travel with us in big numbers like they always do and I think they'll thoroughly enjoy the season as well.

"We want to stay in the Championship and we want to build. We want to build a team and a squad and for the majority of people here it is going to be their first time playing in the Championship, even some of the new boys we've brought in.

"It'll be a learning curve for everybody. It's been a few years since I played there so it'll be a learning curve for me as well because it changes all the time.

"We want to finish as high as we can and do as well as we can, we're not going to put any limit on it. The worst we want to finish is fourth last, we just have to make sure we're not in the bottom three."

Morison will also come face to face with John Terry again next season after playing against the Aston Villa defender for Norwich City against Chelsea, finishing on the losing side twice as well as being involved in a scoreless draw at Carrow Road.

"There is a lot of talk about John but there is a hell of a lot of other quality players in the Championship," Morison said. "It's a big coup for Aston Villa.

"I've had a couple of battles with him in the past but I'm not too worried about one player, there are a lot of quality players to battle against this season.

"It's going to be a good season. There are a lot of big teams getting some very good players. It'll be a tough challenge but one we're looking forward to."

Morison, who turns 34 in August, has another challenge to contend with closer to home. Harris signed Tom Elliott, who will give Millwall another target up front.

But Morison welcomes the competition.

He said: "Tom's come in, he's a big athlete and he's looked very good in training. The more the merrier.

"We're going to have two players for every position, the bench is going to be massive this year and there are players who won't make the bench.

"Competition should bring out the best in everybody, no one can rest of their laurels. I might only have a few years left but I want to see if I can keep improving and keep my place in the team."

Morison wrote himself into Millwall folklore in May when he scored the 85th-minute winner against Bradford at Wembley that clinched promotion.

"The main thing was winning. I said after the semi-final it was going to need a massive performance and someone to be the hero. If I could have written the script personally that's how I would have wanted to write it. It was a great day and we are where we want to be.

"We had set out our goals at the start of last season and I said in many an interview we weren't as good last year as we had been the season before.

"I've had some big moments in my career but that is definitely up there. It topped off nigh-on the perfect season for me. In footballing terms that will go down as one of the best moments.

"It took me a few days to recover because I was physically and emotionally drained. I spent time relaxing but after two or three weeks you just want to come back again.

"It's exciting times, there are a lot of exciting games next season and we're going to give a good account of ourselves."

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John Kelly