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Millwall boss Harris delighted that "role model" Abdou has signed a new contract

15 June 2015

Manager Neil praises Jimmy after the midfielder puts pen-to-paper on a new two-year deal

Millwall boss Neil Harris believes that Jimmy Abdou has plenty left to offer the club after the midfielder signed a new two-year contract on Monday afternoon.

Abdou, who first joined The Lions in 2008, was voted Millwall's Player of the Year last time out and the 2015/16 campaign will now be his eighth at the club.

And Harris, under whom Abdou was a regular starter at the back end of last season, says the 30-year-old is a great role model for the younger members of his squad to look up to.

"Jimmy is an integral part of the club and has been for a long time now," the manager told "I'm absolutely delighted that his contract is all sorted.

"He epitomises what we are about in terms of his work-rate, his energy, his enthusiasm and the way in which he leads by example.

"Jimmy is a great role model for the younger players at the club in the way he conducts himself on the training ground, in the gym and on matchdays. The fact the fans hold him in such high esteem is extremely important.

"He is at an age where he is settled and still has plenty to offer. Jimmy's enthusiasm for the game is infectious and his attitude is top drawer.

"It will be really key next season that we utilise that, especially in terms of our style of play. We want to get the ball forward and work up the pitch and Jimmy is very important to that."

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