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Wallace looking to hit the ground running

Lions winger looks ahead to opening day...

3 August 2018

Jed Wallace wants to improve as a player and improve Millwall's team in 2018/19.

The winger has excited Lions fans since his initial arrival on loan in 2016 and was an integral part of the side that excelled last year, scoring seven goals and creating nine assists as Neil Harris' side finished eighth in The Championship, just missing out on a third consecutive Play-Off campaign.

Given their exploits in 2017/18, expectations may be higher than usual at The Den, but with promotion favourites Middlesbrough, Derby County and Swansea City all to visit SE16 in the first month of the season, Wallace erred on the side of caution.

"Over the years we've had a slow start, so we're looking to change that this year," he told millwallfc.co.uk. "It's probably the first season since I've been here where we've had a tough run. Last year, the teams we played at the start didn't turn out too well, where this year I think it will be slightly different. The teams we're playing will probably be at the top end of the table come the end.

"It's a good test for us to hit the ground the running and there'll be no harder game than Middlesbrough."

The 24-year-old's pre-season has been fruitful, scoring four goals and being the brightest spark in a number of matches - but the winger says that "doesn't count for much" in correlation to the proper season.

"This time of year it's always hard work. We're looking forward to getting into the season now. We've had a really good pre-season and added a bit of quality to the squad. We're looking to kick on and improve on a good season last year.

"I'm always looking to improve and I'm looking to stuff off the pitch this season to try and be a bit more professional if I can and to see where it gets me. I've had a good pre-season, but at the moment that doesn't really count for much. I want to hit the ground running and definitely score more goals than I did last year."

Spirits are high in The Lions' camp ahead of Saturday's season opener and Wallace told of the squad's want to "build" on last season and continue "one of the most successful periods" in the club's history - doing so by improving on the road to back up Millwall's ever-strong home form.

"I've never gone into any season aiming to finish 15th and I'm not doing it this year. My ambition is to improve as a player and improve the team - that naturally means that if we're going to finish above 8th then we're going to finish in the Play-Offs.

"That's what we want to do - build on last season. It's been one of the most successful periods for the club over the last three or four years and it's going to be no different this year.

"We're going to play with our hearts on our sleeves, do everything we can and try to build our season around our home form, as always, and improve on the road from a difficult away campaign last year."


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