Harris outlines plans for Millwall's friendly at Southend

MILLWALL’S under-23s will get another chance to impress on Wednesday night – and Fred Onyedinma will also be involved if he hasn’t moved on.

The likes of Danny McNamara, Billy Mitchell (above) and Tyler Burey have impressed in pre-season, while George Alexander has had an ankle injury but is set to return to training.

Harris has identified loans as being key to the youngsters' development over the first half of the season.

He also outlined his plans for the friendly against Southend.

“It will be more 23s,” Harris said. “For some of the boys, for people like Billy Mitchell, Sam Skeffington, Harry Ransom who has come from non-league and Tyler Burey who has come from Wimbledon, they were playing academy football last year but while they were in Portugal they got 30-60 minutes against Fleetwood and Braga.

“What an opportunity that is. I don’t see many of them pushing on in the first team in the first few months of the season, there is some real potential there and for the first time in a few years we are really excited for our under-23s side we've got at the moment.

“We have to patient, it's a very young under-23s side. They are good players, we have not seen George Alexander all pre-season because of injury.

“I see them as an under-23s group who can maybe get some experience out on loan in the Conference South before possibly pushing on in the second half of the season.

“Fred trained this morning [Sunday], he was a part of the six who did and will available for selection on Wednesday.

“I really wanted James Brown to fight for that [right-back] position with Mahlon [Romeo]. Danny Mac is not ready to play first-team football for us, he needs to go on loan and develop. He has got good potential.

“James Brown has picked up a nasty injury and will be out for four months so we need to strengthen that area.”

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John Kelly