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Harris: We need spirit and togetherness

13 May 2015

Pre-season campaign will be key, says the boss

Millwall manager Neil Harris believes a productive pre-season schedule will help to build 'spirit and togetherness' in the squad ahead of the new season.

Last week's retained list saw the club release 18 players and Harris, as well as his assistant Dave Livermore, Head of Recruitment Andrew Mills and others at the club, are working hard to build a new-look side over the coming months.

The Lions boss hopes to have added some summer signings by the time pre-season gets underway at the back end of June and says the weeks leading up to the new campaign will be vital if Millwall are to have a successful 2015/16.

"First and foremost the players come back and get fit," Harris said. "That is the starting point of pre-season.

"But it also gives us a lot of time to focus on team structure, organisation, pattern of play and to explain to the boys exactly what we want from the team but also individuals as well.

"It's a really important stage of the season for players to come together. We definitely need a spirit and togetherness next year.

"That is vital at this club, that we have players who get on well together and that mix on and off the field."

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