Numbers game for Millwall players as striker wants nine shirt in “statement of intent”

Millwall manager Neil Harris is happy for players to switch squad numbers in pre-season – with Tom Bradshaw keen on the number nine shirt left vacant by the summer exit of Lee Gregory.

Murray Wallace switched to three – previously occupied by James Meredith – when the Lions reported back last week.

Striker Matt Smith signed from QPR on Monday and has been allocated number 10, which was worn by Fred Onyedinma in the 2018-19 campaign.

Goalkeeper Frank Fielding, who  completed his move last Thursday, took the number one jersey which had been in the possession of Jordan Archer, released earlier this summer.

Harris said: “Nothing is confirmed with squad numbers so players are available to swap at the moment.

“As we stand Murray is wearing three and Bradders asked for nine. The nine shirt was available – if he wants to wear it because he feels it is the best one or a lucky number, then so be it.

“I want people to be happy and confident in what they do. With Bradders it shows a real confidence and desire. He has come back from injury as quickly as he can. To wear the number nine shirt is a huge statement.

“I’m really looking forward to working with him this year and seeing him at his best.

“It will become more relevant as pre-season unfolds. It’s not until later in July we have to give numbers in and there will be changes from last year.

“Someone like Mahlon [Romeo] was offered the number two but is happy wearing 12 because it has been his number through his Millwall career and he doesn’t want to change. Sometimes it can be because people are superstitious.”

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One thought on “Numbers game for Millwall players as striker wants nine shirt in “statement of intent”

  • 5th July 2019 at 9:06 am
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    As if we are really interested in what numbers people are wearing – create some real news. Harris says he is after a new midfield player – well he got rid of one of the best we had – Tunnicliffe. yest we are still stuck with “slow the play down and pass backwards” Williams.
    Smith maybe an OK signing.
    Why get rid of GK Amos?
    The squad is too small by miles and with no real depth BUT as long as we have a happy changing room and the players are easy to manage – all will be fine – NOT.

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