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Woolford 'buzzing' for season opener against Leeds

24 July 2014

Midfielder can't wait for League action to kick-off

Martyn Woolford says Millwall's entire squad are itching to get the season underway at home to Leeds United on Saturday 9th August.

Woolford netted in the same fixture last year and explained to why he's especially keen to be on the winning side again.

"I'm buzzing for the game," he said. "There's an extra incentive for me because most of my mates are Leeds fans so it's always nice to get one over on them.

"It's good to get a break over the summer but by the time you get back to pre-season you're raring to go again and this year has been no different. All of the lads can't wait for the season to start against Leeds."

Woolford had an impressive 2013/14, finishing just behind David Forde in the running for the club's Player of the Year award after notching nine goals from midfield.

The 28-year-old, then, is focused on having a similarly big impact in the upcoming campaign.

"I'm more determined than ever," he said. "As a player I'm always looking to improve and that doesn't change just because I've had a good season the previous year.

"I never think things will be the same again so that's why I went away and worked hard before we came back, and that's why I'm trying my hardest every day in training.

"Hopefully I can recreate my form if not better it."

The Lions face one more friendly - against Real Mallorca at The Den on Friday 1st August - before League action gets underway, and Woolford believes the squad are feeling the benefit of some intense pre-season training sessions.

"We're all feeling pretty good fitness wise. We've had a couple of games, which are always going to be tough, but we're now out on the other side of those and our fitness levels are good.

"Now is just a case of tightening up a few little things, like our organisation, ahead of the opening game."

On the friendly with Real Mallorca, Woolford added: "We played Spanish opposition in pre-season last year and got given the run around a little bit.

"It's all about learning to keep your structure right and knowing when to press because sometimes you can let teams like that have it in certain areas of the pitch.

"It will be a good test for us and an indication of how far advanced we are before the season starts the week after."

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