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Wallace looking to grow with "hungry" Lions squad in 2018/19

The winger talks over a host of topics...

29 June 2018

Jed Wallace has stated that Millwall's squad are in good shape and looking forward to the 2018/19 campaign.

The Lions exceeded all expectations last season, finishing eighth in the Sky Bet Championship after a 17-match unbeaten run - including six consecutive away League victories - and a brief flirtation with the Play-Offs.

However, just like in 2017/18, the bookies have installed Millwall as one of the favourites for relegation to League One next May. Whilst many may think The Lions will suffer from 'second season syndrome', Wallace, speaking to millwallfc.co.uk, thought otherwise.

"People like to doubt us, don't they? That's always been the case," he said. "We know we didn't get the accolades we deserved last season until around March, when people started to take us seriously.

"We're quite happy to sit on the back-burner and slowly creep up that table. For us, we're under no illusions - we're not going to win the League, we want to get to 50 points as quick as we can and push towards the top half.

"We believe that we can do that with this squad of players and the ones that come in are only going to improve us. It's a very hungry changing room - we've got people like Moro [Steve Morison] leading in there and a lot of younger players striving to establish themselves at this level - myself included - so we look forward to next year and many more good times."

The 24-year-old returned to Calmont Road for pre-season training on Monday morning following a longer-than-usual break as The Lions weren't competing in the Play-Offs for the first time in three seasons.

The winger scored seven goals and contributed nine assists - the most in the squad - in 2017/18, but will be looking for improvement in his second full season in the second tier. 

"I'm one of those lads where four or five weeks is normally enough for me and once it gets to the middle of June I'm looking forward to getting back to football and getting a bit of routine back.

"We're back in now and working very hard, trying to get fit. We had a good season last year, but the manager has stressed to us that that counts for nothing now. It's about improving and a lot of hours on the training ground is going to help that.

"The boys are in good shape and we're looking forward to it.

Jed Wallace

"I'm always looking to improve. Last season was my first full season in The Championship and I think I showed what I've known for a few years, that I'm more than capable of playing there.

"Hopefully with a few additions to the squad we can continue to grow and I can keep growing with them."

The release of the 2018/19 fixture list last week allowed supporters to begin planning their next nine months, but they aren't the only ones interested in who plays who, when and where.

"I always look at Boxing Day and being home for Christmas, as any footballer does," Wallace added. "Having been involved last year, I always look at Millwall-Leeds fixtures now because they're very exciting ones, plus we have a difficult start this year.

"Although we played very well at the start of last season, we need to be a bit more clinical. Our first three home games (Middlesbrough, Derby County and Swansea City) speak for themselves. Hopefully we'll see three full stadiums at The Den and a very good atmosphere - anything can happen."


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