Millwall skipper would welcome new striker signing

STEVE Morison admits Millwall “need some fresh faces through the door” – but reckons the Lions’ relatively quiet transfer window so far could give them one advantage over their rivals.

While Millwall have added just two players to their squad so far, other club have been “ripping up trees” as they attempt to make an impact in the Championship this season.

Six clubs have new managers, with Neil Harris the longest-serving boss in the division.

Harris has a settled squad – eight of the likely starting XI against Middlesbrough on the opening day featured in his first season in charge in 2015-16 – though there will to be more incomings before the end of the window on August 31.

With so many clubs making so many changes to their squads and backroom staffs, Morison believes Millwall’s stability could see them make a faster start than others.

“Hopefully we can steal a march on teams because some clubs are ripping up trees and laying seeds for the future, but it takes time. Hopefully we’re already there,” Morison said.

“We’re building slowly and adding bits of quality here and there. When we get those moments in games, rather than needing three chances, in a tight away game that player might take his first chance.

“Hopefully we’re in a better place because we’re settled and we’re going in with a game plan that everyone knows.

“These other teams are bringing in a lot of players, so we’re hoping to get a jump on them and get some points on the board earlier.”

Millwall want to sign a winger and a striker. They have bid for Barnsley centre-forward Tom Bradshaw.

Morison added: “We need some fresh faces through the door, we need people to come in and freshen up the dressing room. A new striker coming in would be great.

“It would add to the list of players the manager could choose from and it would make our bench stronger. Sometimes you turn around to the bench and you want to know you could bring on any of the seven rather than just a couple.

“The key thing is that anyone who comes in has to make the team stronger. It can’t be a case of just coming in and using it as a stepping stone. The lads in the dressing room who have come in over the last couple of years have all added something and made us stronger.”

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John Kelly