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Millwall celebrate Youth Development Week 2022

A look at The Lions' Academy...

7 February 2022

Millwall Football Club's historic and fruitful partnership with its Academy has gone from strength to strength throughout the 2021/22 season - and on the EFL's Youth Development Week, millwallfc.co.uk takes a look at a number of young stars who have risen to acclaim first-team status in SE16.

Over the course of 7-11th February 2022, the EFL will be highlighting particular successes of players that have come through EFL Academy pathways or had their first opportunities in EFL competitions, championing Youth Development work delivered across the EFL network and demonstrating the importance of the EFL to the football pyramid.

In the current campaign, whether through first-team opportunities or loan spells, Millwall's younger age groups have excelled.

Alongside Billy Mitchell and Danny McNamara - Academy products who are now mainstays in Gary Rowett's starting XI - Tyler Burey has seen more first-team action after a successful spell at Hartlepool United, with Alex Mitchell, Nana Boateng and Zak Lovelace also handed debuts.

Mitchell is currently benefiting from time with former Lions boss Kenny Jackett at Leyton Orient, whilst Boateng experienced a sold-out Den on his debut in an Emirates FA Cup Third Round tie against local rivals Crystal Palace. Lovelace, meanwhile, became the club's second-youngest player in its history - at 15 years and 340 days - when he replaced Tom Bradshaw late on in Millwall's 1-0 Sky Bet Championship victory over Coventry City on 29th December 2021.

Outside of the first-team, names such as Dan Moss, Isaac Olaofe and Arthur Penney, are all standing out in their loan spells at The O's, Sutton United and Welling United respectively, with Kevin Nugent's Under 23s and Larry McAvoy and Chris Perry's Under 18s regularly competing in the Professional Development League.

In addition to the current crop, Millwall Football Club also boasts a rich past with regards to Academy products making the step up - the likes of Alan Dunne, Paul Robinson, Ben Thompson, Tony Craig, Paul Ifill and Tim Cahill, amongst others, have proven to be key cogs in The Lions' successes.

Take a look at our Youth Development Week gallery above.


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