It has not been a bad week down the Den.
First the return of a legend to the coaching staff, and now the return of our most prolific striker in recent years, a certain Steve Morison.
Morison joined on a year long loan deal from Leeds as they needed to make room for the free agent signing of Noel Hunt. This signing can show some of Lomas’s management skills already, it wasn’t expected for Morison to make a move until later in the summer, but Lomas set a deadline on the loan deal, which Leeds agreed to.
One thing about past manager Kenny Jackett is that he seemed quite laid back when it came to transfers, whereas since Lomas has come in, it’s been all systems go at the Den with the Northern Irishman looking to make big changes to the starting 11 before the big kick off against Yeovil Town.
Re-signing Morison will come as a massive boost, he scored 36 goals in 85 starts for the Lions before joining Norwich and when he left he was never really replaced, the closest we got was Chris Wood, but that didn’t end well.
I think if Morsion signed for another relegation rival, such as a Sheffield Wednesday or a Huddersfield, it could be the difference between a relegation battle, and mid-table safety.
It shows a slight statement of intent by the board, could we see more signings of the calibre of Morison?
There was also big changes within the coaching side of the club, as all time leading goal-scorer and legend Neil Harris has joined the backroom staff after retiring at Southend United.
It seems that Harris was always destined to a return to the Den, as owner John Berylson told any incoming applicants for the job that the local hero would join as apart of the coaching staff.
It could be seen as a stroke of brilliance by the club. He can help Lomas get on side with the fans. He’ll let any incoming players know what the fans expect, because as we know, we have quite a “unique” set-up at the Den. Plus imagine the guidance he can give our goal-shy strikers – in 2013 only three of Millwall’s goals were scored by strikers, a shocking statistic which was the main reason for last seasons looming relegation battle.
But if it does go pear-shaped early in the season for Lomas, you just know that some sections of supporters will be chanting for Lomas out and Harris in…
The signing brings a new wave of optimism to the Den, we now have a striking threesome of Steve Morison, Jermaine Easter and Andy Keogh. Yes it will need to be added to, but it’s not a bad start, and defiantly not a bad start to the transfer window, but lets hope we can push on from here.