Millwall boss drops major club captaincy hint

NEIL Harris said “a decision is pending” over the Millwall club captaincy – but singled out Alex Pearce as a “born leader” when asked about the armband.

With Steve Morison on loan at Shrewsbury Town for the season, Harris has to decide who succeeds him.

Harris chose Tony Craig as club skipper in his first full season in charge before Morison took over when Craig left for Bristol Rovers in February 2018.

Last season Pearce, Shaun Williams and Ryan Leonard captained the side in different games when Morison or vice-skipper Shaun Hutchinson didn’t start.

“A decision is pending,” Harris said. “What I will say is Alex Pearce is a natural leader. Around Alex we’ve got some really good young players coming through.

“What you have to do with the captaincy is give people responsibility but you have to make sure you don’t burden people. I think that’s key.

“Younger players like Ben [Thompson], who’s Millwall through and through, like Jed [Wallace], who’s a real vocal person and demands from people around him, Coops [Jake Cooper] is really developing, you can’t burden young players too soon.

“You sometimes give them a taste of it and give them some responsibility within the group. But I’ll be taking my time, thinking about players coming in as well, what characters we’ve got.

“Alex Pearce is certainly a born leader.”

John Kelly