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Leonard talks summer improvements

Midfielder reflects on his first season at Millwall and building for next term

14 May 2019

Ryan Leonard has highlighted the importance of a rebuilding job over the summer months, following the end to Millwall’s 2018/19 season.

The Lions escaped relegation with 44 points in the Sky Bet Championship, and will now look to make significant reinforcements to come back stronger next time around.

“The main thing is, we’ve secured Championship status and can build for next year,” Leonard said when speaking to millwallfc.co.uk.

“It was a disappointing end to the season in terms of results and we didn’t hit the heights of before, but we did the job and also had a great Cup run.”

The midfielder, who arrived at The Den on August deadline day last year following a move from Sheffield United, pinpoints the team’s journey to the Emirates FA Cup Quarter-Finals as the highest point of the campaign.

“The highlight of everyone’s season, including the fans, was probably the memories of the FA Cup.

“It was an underwhelming end to the campaign, but as I say, the important thing was getting over the line and securing Championship football for next season.”

Leonard has talked about which areas he feels the team can aim to improve in, in order to enjoy a potentially successful 2019/20.

“For us, we probably need to sign a few players and I think another factor we need to improve on is our home form.

“Our home form sometimes can take care of itself, but our attacking play needs to be a bit better and it’s important to use the ball as best we can.

“That’s where we can build in the summer and during pre-season.”

Finally, Leonard – who turns 27 next week – has analysed his own first full season in the second tier, and is eager to continue improving for the team moving forward.

“I’ve enjoyed making the step up.

“Of course it’s my first season at this level, and it’s always going to be a long, gruelling campaign with so many games, but I think I can be stronger from that.

“It’s a season I’d like to build on and go again next year.”


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