09/07/19 Reverse order Timestamp format
Good morning and welcome to our Championship blog.
There is set to be at least two players heading to Millwall this week to complete moves to The Den.
But after the Bartosz Bialkowski saga it would be unwise to make predictions.
Neil Harris wanted as much business as possible done before the squad go to Portugal next Friday.
When they return there will be just 17 days left before the start of the season...
Here's Harris speaking to the official club site on his new attacker Connor Mahoney.
Mahoney has signed a long-term deal (the club don't disclose contract lengths) and will join the squad for the trip to Portugal on Friday.
We’re very pleased to bring Connor to the club.
His crossing stats in the Championship last year were very impressive, the best in the League in fact for balls into the box and the quality of balls into the box.
He’s a player who can take set-pieces with both feet which shows the quality he possesses, and he’s an exciting young player. To be able to bring him into the club in the long-term is good business by us.
Connor has definitely had a good footballing upbringing and a good pedigree with Blackburn and Bournemouth. At Bournemouth, they do things right down there. The players have to be at it with their tempo in training and the way they play.
He brings a real good work ethic with him, coming from his loan at Birmingham last year. They played similar to us in a 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1, and players have to work extremely hard without the ball as well as with the ball.
When you have got the ball, you have to make it count and play with quality, so Connor comes in knowing how to play in a style that has suited us.
What he will do is add a competitive nature to the wide areas, and having the likes of Matt Smith and Tom Bradshaw in the penalty area – as well as another striker we are trying to bring in who attacks crosses – means it is important we have players out wide who can deliver the ball. Connor certainly fits that bill.
Connor won the young player of the season award at Birmingham last year, which is no mean feat in the side they had with some good young players. He played a lot of football last season and played very well, so we’re hoping that he hits the ground running with us.
Bringing him in now is vital as it enables him to come to Portugal, and we can get some very good messages into him.”
We have Aiden [O'Brien] who can play out wide and has played well and scored goals from that position, though we could be looking to use him more centrally. Jiri [Skalak] has come back very fit and strong, looking like the player we expected to sign. Jed [Wallace] has been outstanding, and Fergie [Shane Ferguson] as we know has great quality, though we see him as an option at left-back as well.
To have a natural left-footer on that side who can compete with Fergie is important for us, and Connor is also comfortable on both wings. He’s naturally left-footed, but it’s hard to tell with his ability with both feet.
Millwall played a behind-closed-doors game against Sutton at Calmont Road today.
Last game before they head off to Portugal on Friday.
The score will remain a secret forever more.