Fan's Roar: Millwall need new signings to offer improvement
COMMENTby Ian Toal
We're keeping control of our optimism about the start of the season at Millwall after our last two efforts saw us battling relegation.
We've shipped a few players out including several players on either loans or short term deals who frankly didn't contribute enough. DJ Campbell and Simeon Jackson were two big disappointments.
Steve Morison was our top scorer and Stefan Maierhoffer got a few important goals but hopefully our new signings - in particular strikers Lee Gregory, a 25-year-old signed from Halifax Town, Magaye Gueuye from Everton and veteran Ricardo Fuller will contribute more than those who are departing.
Our last pre-season friendly saw us beat Spanish Segunda side Real Mallorca 1-0 at The Den. Holloway again fielded two different sides in the match playing 45 minutes each like he has done in most friendlies.
Nick Bailey and Richard Chaplow limped off the pitch during that match but are hopeful of being fit for the Saturday's opener against old rivals Leeds United at The Den.
On the whole we have not had too many injuries pre-season and it will be interesting to see who Holloway has in his starting 11.
The centre half positions have a number of contenders including 6ft 5in defender Byron Webster signed from Yeovil Town in the summer. And will former Fulham defender Matthew Briggs get the nod ahead of last season Player of the Season runner-up Scott Malone?
You would expect Nick Bailey to start in centre midfield, but his partner position is up for grabs. Also fans will be debating who the manager picks for those vital forward roles.
Holloway has now had a pre-season at the club changing personnel to suit his tastes.
If we could just show progress from last season and get away from the relegation dogfight, then at least we will have moved in the right direction. Then we can look to keep on improving to be able to contend at the right end of the table in the near future.
We are not thinking about promotion - but anything is possible in football.
Ian Toal is on the board of Millwall Supporters' Club