Matt Smith may have only played one competitive game for Millwall but the forward feels very much at home at The Den.

Admitting that settling into Lions life has been the ‘easiest’ integration of any of his previous seven clubs, the 30-year-old revealed what it was that attracted him to SE16.

Manager Neil Harris.

“He did his homework on me and I did my homework on him and everything that everyone said about him is true,” the man who started his career at Oldham said.

“He is a gentleman first and foremost, but he is a proper good football man and that's been really evident in the first seven weeks I have been here and that has been really enjoyable.”

The target man made the move from London rivals QPR in the summer, and Smith admitted it was his new managers enthusiasm and belief he instilled in him that made him want to cross the Thames to The Den.

“He delivered a presentation and explained to me how he saw me fitting into his team and how he wanted to play to my strengths, his desire to want me to do well here was probably what sold it to me.”


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At the Hoops during the 2017/18 season, under the much-loved Ian Holloway, Smith enjoyed possibly his best run of games in the Championship, becoming the number one forward towards the end of that season.

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Holloway’s exit, and Steve McClaren’s arrival however, cut short playing time as Smith fell out of favour with the ex-England boss.

“QPR certainly didn't suit the way I played after the exit of Ian Holloway and I found my chances very limited.

“Under Ole I had a good amount of football, I was lucky to back in the team in February by default really and managed to get seven goals from February until the end of the season, which managed to salvage something from what was a difficult period.”

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A period which proved to Neil Harris that Smith could still cut it in the Championship after seven seasons.

“They both wear their heart on their sleeve,” Smith said comparing Harris and Holloway

“They’re both very passionate about the club, Ian Holloway was a very passionate man about QPR and likewise the gaffer is passionate about a club he did so well at and has earned legendary status at.

“Both are a delight to work for and even in the first six or seven weeks it has been an enjoyable transitional period.”


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