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Work ethic and togetherness will ensure Lions are ready, says Bradshaw

Read from the Welsh striker...

27 March 2020

On top of keeping fit, occupying the mind is one problem professional footballers are having to solve during the Coronavirus pandemic - but Tom Bradshaw has insisted that the majority of Millwall's squad will not by having any issues.

The 2019/20 campaign is temporarily suspended whilst the UK - and most of the globe - is in the midst of the disease, with the 27-year-old claiming that having young children will take up most of the free time that isolation is currently throwing up.

Speaking to millwallfc.co.uk, the striker explained how the break in action is meaning a dramatic change of routine, but despite that, the club's fitness department are keeping the players on their toes.

"It's strange. Footballers are creatures of habit, we're very routined in our lives," he said. "We're used to training four-to-five times a week and our weekends are usually packed with games.

"When it stops in the summer, you know it's coming - that's part of the routine. When it stops abruptly like it has at the moment, though, it really throws you off.

"The club have been really good with us. We've all got an app called Strava, which tracks all the runs you are doing, so they can give us fitness sessions and track what we are doing whilst we isolate.

"Remaining occupied elsewhere isn't a problem - most of the lads have children under the age of three! Many of us certainly aren't twiddling our thumbs in that respect."

The main topic of debate in the football world right now is what to do with the current season, with three viable options: null and void, continue behind-closed-doors or carry on as normal once the pandemic has passed.

The Welshman stated that The Lions all want the campaign to resume and will be ready for whichever way it does so.

"We've been brilliant this season and we're two points off the Play-Offs with nine games to go. Everyone at Millwall definitely wants to get the games played. We're backing ourselves to maintain our form and be one of the fittest squads in The Championship when we go back to playing. We have a work ethic and strong togetherness in the team and we'll be ready for whenever it resumes.

"Health is paramount, so if it is behind-closed-doors when we return, then there's more important things in life for everyone. But, the fans are amazing, they have been all season, so they'd be a big loss for us.

"However, we have spirit, drive and great ambition in the team, so if that is the case, those attributes will be more important than ever to win games and keep driving up the table."

On personal matters, Bradshaw has had a solid season back in action after missing the majority of 2018/19 through a knee injury. The attacker is into double figures, but praised a "team effort" under the stewardship of Gary Rowett.

"It's been a brilliant team effort so far. I'm into double figures but everyone has chipped in. There are three of us above 10, but Hutchy [Shaun Hutchinson] has five goals and others have scored. It has been a great team season, it's a great changing room to be involved in and I think we deserve success - so do the fans and the club. We're all striving to achieve that."


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