NEIL Harris has high hopes for Millwall's next crop of youngsters after a host of them made their senior debuts during the 4-0 victory at Concord Rangers on Saturday.
The Lions boss handed debuts to Billy Mitchell and George Alexander on the final day of last season at Wigan Athletic, and with James Brown, Aiden O'Brien and Shane Ferguson all unavailable for selection, a mixture of players from the under-18s and under-23s were given valuable minutes at the Aspect Arena – five of whom were teenagers.
Reuben Duncan, who signed his first professional contract with the club back in January, scored Millwall's third after replacing the injured Tom Elliott as a second-half substitute, whilst Tyler Burey, who signed from AFC Wimbledon last month, provided the assist for Fred Onyedinma's goal.
Harris said: "We think they're a good group. It's been a few years since we've had players breaking through. People like Tyler Burey showing his quality on the wing. Billy Mitchell and Sam Skeffington showed real qualities and defensively you saw Junior Tiensia and Harry Ransom doing well.
"We're never going to have 11 homegrown players on the pitch, but I think it is important that we have that identity of two or three. But as ever, two or three can only get a chance if they are good enough and these young ones coming through, some of them are certainly going to be good enough."