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Portugal training camp "hugely successful" so far, says Millwall boss Neil Harris

8 July 2015

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Millwall boss Neil Harris has praised his players for the way in which they have conducted themselves out in Portugal in the past few days.

So far during the week-long training camp, which ends on Friday, the squad have been put through their paces with three separate sessions a day, starting at 8am.

And Harris, who has taken a large number of Academy graduates out for the trip, is delighted with how his players have taken to their routine.

"So far everything has been fantastic," he told "It has been extremely hot, ridiculously so at times, but the boys have got on with things and completely embraced and enjoyed it all.

"It has been an opportunity for the squad to spend time together, which has been really key.

"The physical work they have done has been outstanding. We played a practise match on Tuesday, which was extremely competitive and had a real good tempo to it. After that we also did some more running so the boys have been pushed really hard."

The club's three summer signings - Jordan Archer, Joe Martin and Tony Craig - are all out in Portugal, and Harris believes such exercises are vitally important both for fresh arrivals and for those promoted from the youth set-up.

"These are the perfect weeks for new boys to settle in but also for the younger players to make that step up into the first team group," he said.

"The young lads are as fit as anything so it's more about them finding a standing within the group and for them to realise that is where they belong.

"As a club we are looking to give our younger players an opportunity so to do that we have to make sure they are comfortable around the senior players and vice versa.

"Three days in the trip has been hugely successful so far."

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