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Harris: Morison's desire was the biggest factor in his return to Millwall

4 August 2015

Lions boss Neil shares his views on the return of striker Steve

Neil Harris believes that Steve Morison's desire to return to Millwall was the biggest factor in helping to finalise his transfer from Leeds United.

Morison, 31, has agreed an initial one-year deal with The Lions and will go straight into contention for a place in Saturday's squad to take on Shrewsbury Town.

And Harris, who played alongside Morison during his first spell at the club, says the striker has shown the hunger to play well and score goals regularly for Millwall once again. 

"We have had to be very patient to get one of our main transfer targets over the summer," Harris told

"To get it completed before the season starts is excellent and that is a result of a lot of support from the chairman.

"Ultimately, though, it was Steve's desire to come back to Millwall which was the biggest thing of all.

"This is where he has played his best football and this is where he finds the fire in his belly to perform. He is desperate to start scoring goals for Millwall again."

Morison will compete with Lee Gregory and John Marquis for a starting berth against Shrewsbury this weekend and Harris believes the options he has available to him in forward areas will complement his new signing. 

"I think the combination of strikers that we've got will bring the best out of Steve," the manager added.

"He knows what is demanded of him whenever he pulls on a Millwall shirt. After being away from the club for a few years he has that hunger to return and do well.

"Steve is here for this season but he wants to stay at the club long-term.

"He is fit and has had an excellent pre-season. Steve is available for Saturday, as are Lee and John. Everyone is raring to go and it certainly gives me food for thought for the weekend.

"Aiden O'Brien will be back in a couple of weeks and Jamie Philpot is progressing every day in training so competition for places is definitely on over the course of the season."

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