Millwall have had a difficult season in The Championship with Neil Harris's side narrowly avoiding relegation on the penultimate week of fixtures.

Optimism was high at the beginning of the campaign as fans were looking to kick-on from their eighth placed finish last year, but with just ten wins under their belt as they finished with their noses just above the bottom three, Harris knows he'll have to strengthen his squad if they aren't to endure a similar season next time around.

So what of last summer's recruits? Were they good enough?

Ryan Leonard – from Sheffield United

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The 26-year-old arrived initially on loan from Sheffield United before making the move permanent in January.

With the big shoes of Middlesbrough bound George Saville to fill, the box-to-box midfielder soon won over the trust of Harris and the majority of the Lions faithful as the outlay of £990k seems a shrewd bit of business.

With 38 league appearances, and chipping in with a couple of goals, Harris will be pleased with his return and expects him to kick-on next season.

Grade: B-


Who could fill Lee Gregory's boots?

Tom Bradshaw – from Barnsley

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Bradshaw arrived to provide competition for Lee Gregory as Neil Harris looked to improve his goal scoring threat as Steve Morison and Tom Elliott’s prowess in front of goal wasn’t where the manager wanted it to be.

Unfortunately for Bradshaw a freak injury at Brentford in November ended his season after only two league starts in ten appearances.

Expected to be back fit for pre-season the Welsh international will be, apologies for the cliché, like a new signing for Harris as he begins looking for Lee Gregory’s successor.

Grade: N/A

Jiri Skalak – Brighton

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Millwall fans expected big things after their top half finish last season and the arrival of a key-member of Brighton’s promotion winning side would’ve done little to dampen those expectations.

The Czech international however failed to set The Den alight and soon fell out of favour both with the manager and the fans.

With just four starts in 14 appearances it’d be a surprise if the 27-year-old is at the club next season, but with a reported £900k spent on the former Sparta Prague man Harris will want to see a large part of that fee recouped.

Grade: D

Ben Amos – Loan from Bolton

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The much travelled 29-year-old arrived from Bolton to provide Harris with options between he sticks with Jordan Archer not seemingly nailing down the number one jersey.

Amos claimed a starting berth in September but by November was sat warming the bench before a broken finger ruled him out for three months.

Archer had a brief stint in goal before Harris settled on Dave Martin to see out the season as Amos was left seeing out his loan spell on the side lines.

With the form of Martin, one FA Cup mishap aside, you would say Harris made the right call as Amos looked far from confident as Millwall’s number one.

Grade: C -

Murray Wallace – Scunthorpe

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Wallace arrived from Scunthorpe as a bit of an unknown quantity to most.

He was thought of a squad player initially but his no-nonsense style and dedication to the badge soon won over fans and the manager as he often delivered consistently whenever he was called upon.

He filled in across the backline and soon became a regular starter showing all the attributes his manager has recently said he wants in his dressing room.

Injury in late February ended his season but with two memorable goals in the Lions’ FA Cup run he’ll no doubt have a part to play whilst Harris is still at the helm.

Grade: B

Ben Marshall – loan from Norwich

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After a successful six-month spell at the back end of last season fans got excited when the winger with a devilish delivery signed on loan from Norwich City in January.

His second stint at The Den was far less convincing however.

He looked every bit a man who had been deprived of first team football for six-months and was a more than a yard of the pace, something the home fans picked up on instantly.

There’s no doubt the former Blackburn and Wolves man is talented, but short on confidence and looking less than up for the fight was not what Neil Harris needed in a relegation scrap.

Grade: D

Alex Pearce – loan from Derby

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Possibly the best bit of business Harris has done in his time at Millwall?

The defender soon established himself as a leader on and off the pitch and his experience was vital in the run-in.

Despite only making 11 outings for The Lions he almost singlehandedly galvanised a team that looked short of leaders especially with Shaun Hutchinson dipping in-and-out of the team through injury.

Harris has said he’ll be looking to bring him back next season, and you can’t blame him.

Grade: A

Jem Karacan

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The 30-year-old has had a career ravaged by injury so it was no surprise that when his six-month deal was up in January it wasn’t extended after just a handful of games.

When on the pitch he looked more than capable in the middle of the park, but he was seen more in the treatment room which is why his stint at The Den has almost been forgotten already.

Grade: D