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Neil Harris relishing 'stern test' against Shrewsbury Town

17 June 2015

Millwall boss Neil Harris feels his side have been given a tough first assignment in Sky Bet League 1, but is relishing their opening fixture against Shrewsbury Town.

Millwall were relegated from the Sky Bet Championship last season and are preparing for their first season in the third tier since they were promoted from the division in 2009/10.

Harris feels that their start to the campaign could have been easier, though, with an away fixture against newly-promoted Shrewsbury first up.

"It's certainly a tough one to start," Harris told

"What they have is momentum but, similar to us, they also have that element of the unknown going into a new division.

"It's a good one for them to start with, to come up against a big club just relegated from the Championship, but it's also great for us and will be a real stern test.

"I know the manager, Micky Mellon, very well, and I know his team will be strong and organised. They will have a very good work ethic and they have some dangerous players, so straight away it will give us a real understanding of the division we're playing in and the opposition we will be facing."

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Harris took over at the Den on a temporary basis in March following the dismissal of Ian Holloway, before being given the job permanently in late April.

The 37-year-old is now looking forward to having the chance of working with his players during pre-season, as he looks to implement his tactics. 

"The start of the season is always the unknown but how we are shaping up will be a lot clearer by the end of July,” he said.

"I'm clear in my mind in terms of how I want us to play, the style of football, the formation and the players I want to use.

"But until you get out on the pitch and see the players perform you don't know quite what you are going to get from your group.”

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