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24 June 2013

Chopper in new role as players return

It was more like mid-October than flaming June at the Millwall training ground as the players reported back to meet their new boss Steve Lomas and begin preparations for the forthcoming campaign.
Steve told his charges they would be easing back into action (within an hour the footballs had even come out), but that they can expect some hard fitness work at Warwick University next week.
For Neil Harris, it was familiar surroundings but an unfamiliar role as he collected equipment from the store cupboard and helped set-up in preparation for the manager's 'pass-and-move' session.
Chopper said: "I've not had chance to dwell on the fact that I won't be playing anymore. Once the decision had been confirmed that I would be packing in as a player at the end of last week, it all happened quite quickly with Steve adding me to his backroom staff.
On the one hand, I believe I have a great deal of experience to pass on to the players in terms of playing for this club, on the other it will be a learning process for me working with the manager and the other coaches here. 
I'm really excited about it. I haven't stopped smiling since Steve asked me to come."

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