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McNamara: “It’s a pleasure to captain the U23s, I’m a Millwall boy through-and-through”

Young defender happy with progress under Kevin Nugent and has big ambitions for the first team

18 September 2018

Millwall Under 23s captain Dan McNamara says it would "mean everything" to play in the first team at The Den, and that he is enjoying leading the young Lions and working with manager Kevin Nugent.

The defender spoke to after the team’s goalless draw with Bristol City at Calmont Road on Monday afternoon, a result which sees The Lions second in the Southern Section of the Professional Development League - stretching their unbeaten run to four games.

“It’s a pleasure captaining the [Under 23s] side, I’m a Millwall boy through-and-through,” McNamara says.

“Being a skipper representing this club is a dream. It has been good to lead the team out, with hopefully many more games to come.

“It would mean everything to me to make the first team here. I come from a Millwall family, and it has always been a dream of mine to be playing for Millwall in as many games as possible.

The 19-year-old describes the Bristol City stalemate as ‘end-to-end’, highlighting the increased number of chances The Lions created in the second half.

“It was a tough game. It was quite end-to-end, I thought we gave the ball away a bit too much early-doors and spending too long on the ball.

“We spoke to the gaffer at half-time, and he told us to stick it down their throat and play it in behind with the pace we’ve got up top.

“We started to do that and we started to get in [on goal] – we unfortunately still couldn’t break through, but we go again.”

A full-back capable on either flank, McNamara credits Nugent with contributing significantly to his consistent form following the clean sheet.

“I’ve loved working with the manager.

“When I first came in I was making silly mistakes here and there, but now I feel like I’m consistent and he has brought the best out of me in training and on the pitch.”

Next up for the Under 23s is next Monday’s trip to face Cardiff City, who currently sit eighth in the division.

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