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Harris not ruling out further transfer business

28 June 2016

The gaffer discusses his options

Millwall boss Neil Harris is not ruling out another summer signing but has again reiterated his desire to work with a small senior squad throughout the 2016/17 campaign.

The Lions manager has agreed deals to bring in David Worrall, Shaun Hutchinson and Gregg Wylde from 1st July - the start of pre-season training - as Millwall look to build on a year of real progress last time out.

Those signings have covered three positions which Harris wanted to strengthen and the 38-year-old insists he will now look to assess how pre-season goes before looking any further into the transfer market.

"I said I wanted three in but it just might not be overnight now," he said.

"It might mean monitoring situations and looking at pre-season to judge our own players and making sure everyone gets through it free from injury.

"If I need to add one more then I might do so.

"Everyone knows by now how I want to work. I don't want a big squad. What I want is player harmony, competition for places and real spirit amongst the group. We had that last year in abundance.

"I want everybody who is fit, available and free from suspension to know that they have an opportunity to either be in the team or on the bench. I don't want unhappy players."

Throughout his time in charge Harris has also stayed true to his word when it comes to giving youngsters a platform to impress and has named a group of players he is looking at to make the step up.

"In my eyes we've got three, four or maybe five players that were close to the first team squad last year who have got a year older," he added. 

"They will get an opportunity in pre-season to impress. We're talking Jamie Philpot, Alfie Pavey, Kris Twardek, Kyron Farrell and Noah Chesmain, who is slightly younger. Then you have Tom King as a goalkeeper.

"As I've shown at this club, if they impress and perform and show they're good enough then they will get their opportunity. A smaller first team squad gives that pathway for our own players through our Academy to come in and play."

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