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Harris talks recruitment ahead of new season

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18 May 2018

The football may have ended on the pitch until August, but for Millwall boss Neil Harris and his recruitment staff the work continues ahead of the 2018/19 season.

The Lions' 2017/18 retained list was released on Thursday, including players set for release and those offered new deals at the club.

Speaking to, the manager stated that a "busy time of year" will include conversations with his own players, as well as agents and the Millwall board.

"There's some good conversations with players to be had, but in the background there's one eye on recruitment for next year. That started in January," he said.

"There's players we wanted to get but couldn't and maybe get them in the summer and players that we've brought in with a view to looking towards the summer staying with us permanently.

"We've covered over 1,000 games this season as a recruitment department, from Terry Bullivant (Chief Scout) and Alex Aldridge (Head of Recruitment) to all the local scouts. We've seen a lot of players and I'm in the process of meeting agents and players at the moment, talking to clubs as well about their players.

"It's a busy time of year. The football stops on the pitch, but it doesn't stop for us off the pitch in trying to build forward. We can identify players and give a wish list to the board, then it's down to the recruitment department, Steve Kavanagh, who has done a wonderful job with us as CEO, and trying to see what kind of support we get from the board to try and move forward.

"What I do know is that John Berylson is very supportive and we've had some great conversations so far in trying to be better, but we can only work within our financial restraints as a football club. We won't do what a lot of other clubs are in the process of doing at the moment which is being way over budget and in trouble.

"We won't do that. I don't want us to do that as a football club. I love us being of sound footing and I think the fanbase do. We'll move forward with better players, but in our financial constraints."

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