By Jake Sanders
NEIL Harris hopes to have two more players in the building before the club set off to Portugal for their pre-season training camp on Friday.
Millwall have already signed Alex Pearce, who spent the second half of last season on loan at The Den and more recently, Frank Fielding and Matt Smith, who both made their Lions debuts during the 4-0 victory at Concord Rangers this afternoon.
Goals from Shaun Williams, Ben Thompson, Reuben Duncan and a stoppage-time header from Fred Onyedinma earned Millwall a comfortable win in Essex.
And after using no less than eight under-23s players against the National League South side, Harris admitted he is short on numbers and is hoping to add to his squad in the coming days.
"People think that downtime in summer is everyone switching off – players are supposed to switch off – but managers and members of staff don't switch off at any time," Harris said.
"It is a tough time now because we have to concentrate so much on recruitment – there is so much to do – but then we have to focus on the games as well.
"We still need to sign some players. We are getting closer to some. It would be good to have two more players in the building before we go to Portugal on Friday and then we are going to need a couple more whilst we are away. There might be one or two going."
Tom Bradshaw, Thompson and Murray Wallace all returned to action having suffered spells on the sidelines towards the back end of last season, and Harris was delighted to see the trio back on the pitch.
He said: "I think it's great for their confidence. It is great for everyone to see their qualities and what they can bring to the group. We're not blessed with the numbers at the moment, we won't be all season.
"It's really nice to see those come back – with a bit of rustiness in the legs, probably Murray and Tom because they have been out longer. But you can see their minds working well and I was really pleased with their contributions."
Harris added: "They [Smith and Bradshaw] are a combination that should complement each other really well. They are both very hardworking, Smithy might not cover the ground as quick as some but he is a hardworking centre-forward, who knows his responsibilities within the team.
"Once the players get used to playing with him then we will be able to utilise him even more. And Tom Bradshaw, what you saw there in that 45 minutes was his work ethic is phenomenal.
"Tom Bradshaw can pretty much complement any centre-forward that we might have or midfield players that might play off the front. We have high hopes for both of them this year.
"We want to add to the forward ranks sooner rather than later. We need to score goals, and what is pleasing for me is, yes, we got four today against a very young Concord side in the last 15 minutes when we scored a couple, but we could have had seven or eight more and it was nice to see Shaun Williams and Ben Thompson running from deep and getting on the scoresheet."
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