Millwall manager reveals what Jed Wallace did to help Ryan Woods settle in before debut

GARY Rowett revealed Jed Wallace insisted that new signing Ryan Woods be put in the same hotel as him and Alex Pearce after the midfielder's arrival from Stoke City. 

Woods joined on Friday and had just one training session before he made his debut in the 2-0 win over Reading at The Den on Saturday.

Some Lions players prefer to stay in a hotel the night before home games.

"It was a difficult game to come into, he's only signed ready for Friday and trained once," Rowett said after goals from Matt Smith and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson sealed a 2-0 win.

"But you know what? It’s such a good group to come into. A little story. Woodsy was he in a hotel, we put him in a hotel near Bromley. And Jed said, ‘put him in the same hotel as me and Pearcey, we’ll go have some food and he can come out with us, we'll look after him’.

“That's a type of spirit we’ve got, you know, players will step up for each other. There's a real leadership amongst the boys and a togetherness and a spirit.

"But I thought he was excellent today, Woodsy. You probably saw, maybe 70 per cent of Ryan woods, he’s not played much football.

“He can pass the ball, he can help control a game. He can make tackles, he's feisty, he can play tactically very, very well. It freed up Jays [Jayson Molumby] to go a little bit forward, which he did brilliantly.

"It’s not an easy pitch to play on either. It’s difficult to receive the ball and play forward, but I thought he did really well.

"Some players [stay in hotels home games], they’re professional and don’t want to travel in on the day.

"They could have left him on his own quite easily, but people like Jed, they step up. People don’t see that leadership side of some of the players.

"People like Pearcey are fantastic, but the likes of Jed as well always does the right things. They’re really good characters, that’s the way they are, they welcome everyone into the group.

"I think you can see that on the pitch, the spirit is unbelievable. It’s probably the best I’ve ever seen at any club."

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John Kelly