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"It's all coming together," says Harris after Böðvarsson arrival

The manager has his say...

12 July 2019

Millwall boss Neil Harris has stated that Jón Daði Böðvarsson arrives at The Den with "Championship pedigree" and a "wealth of international experience."

The 27-year-old put pen-to-paper on a long-term deal on Friday morning before joining his brand new team-mates for training and the pre-season training trip to Portugal.

Having played for Wolves and Reading since arriving in the UK, and with over 40 Iceland caps to his name, the striker becomes Harris' fifth summer signing, after Alex Pearce, Frank Fielding, Matt Smith and Connor Mahoney have all previously bolstered the manager's squad.

Harris, speaking to millwallfc.co.uk, spoke of his pleasure at getting the deal over the line and explained how he will compliment The Lions' fellow striking options.

"That's Matt Smith and Jon Dadi into the striking department now," he said. "Losing Lee [Gregory] and Steve [Morison] means they are important signings for us. They have Championship pedigree and a good goal ratio, so we're really pleased.

"He is the sort of player who likes to run the channels and can link the play, and even though he is 6'2", he isn't a target man - he isn't a Smith or Tom Elliott - he is more of a runner, and he has a combination of strengths that will work well with Matt and Tom Bradshaw.

"Aiden [O'Brien] is fit and will be coming to Portugal with us, but if we go back to the Connor Mahoney signing and putting balls into the box, we have centre-forwards that want to attack crosses and are goalscorers."

With a quintet of signings now through the door, Harris went on to thank the board for their backing. 

"It's all coming together. We've made five signings, and I made a promise at the end of last season that players who didn't fit into what I wanted would go, and that players would be coming in. When you make a promise like that, you have to deliver, and the club and the board have supported me fantastically well, the chairman in particular."

Böðvarsson arrives at The Den having played with a duo of Lions players before - Jake Cooper and Jed Wallace - and the manager believes that "exceptional trainer" Jón Daði can only benefit from having such assistance by his side as he looks to settle in.

"It helps. More so in that he knows the characters having played with them before. Jon comes with a wealth of Championship and international experience, and has played under coaches with various styles. He goes about his business, is apparently an exceptional trainer with his tempo and attitude towards it - exactly what we want to deliver day-by-day. Having a couple of people in the building that he already knows will help, especially while we are away."


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