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Harris throws down gauntlet for Millwall youngsters

22 July 2016

Boss keen to continue providing senior squad opportunities

Millwall manager Neil Harris says the 'gauntlet' is there for the club's youngsters to continue making an impact in the first team.

A team of Academy products and Elite Development Squad players played the final 30 minutes of Tuesday's pre-season friendly against Dartford, helping The Lions record a comfortable 3-0 victory.

Several youth set-up graduates have made their mark in the senior squad during the past 12 months with many others, including the likes of James Brown, Noah Chesmain and Kris Twardek, determined to do similar during the upcoming 2016/17 season.

Harris was particularly impressed with Brown's performance at Princes Park but insists nobody at the club will get carried away by the latest batch of promising youngsters.

"I thought he (Brown) was exceptional," the Lions manager said.

"Browny has been in our system for a good few years now and is a modern day full-back, like young Noah and Mahlon Romeo, who likes to get up and down the pitch and is able to defend one versus one.

"He's only young and we're not getting carried away by any of our youngsters. The gauntlet is there for them to try and force their way into my squad, then the 18 on a matchday and then the first 11.

"The young players will take heart from last season and seeing Ben Thompson, Jordan Archer, Aiden O'Brien, Fred Onyedinma and Sid Nelson all making such an impact."

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