Gary Rowett will take charge of Millwall for the first time against Stoke City on Saturday and one man who is looking forward to working with the new boss is Shaun Hutchinson.

The defender and captain has fought his way back into the Lions’ starting XI over the last month after injury last season opened the door for Alex Pearce who took his chance and took over skipper duties.

Fully fit and eager to impress, Hutchinson has kept the matchday armband under Adam Barrett over the last three fixtures and the defender is eager to improve his game further under the incoming manager.

“He’s got a proven record, and everyone feels he can help take the club forward,” the 28-year-old said.

“We are all looking forward to hearing his ideas.

“As a player it’s exciting, you want the best for yourself and teammates, we want to move up the table for the fans.

“So if he can come in, get his ideas across and it works, we’ll all be happy.

“I’m looking forward to working with him."

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One area that Millwall have struggled this season is keeping clean sheets.

Under Neil Harris the Lions forged a reptuation for being a misely outift when it came to shipping goals.

But with just two clean-sheets in all competetions this season, both coming inside the first four games, Hutchinson is aware defence is somewhere where he expects Rowett to improve given his own reputation. 

"Under Neil we got a lot of clean sheets, so it's probably something he’ll (Rowett) address.

"We aren't happy as a team and we want to try an solve that, but we need to make sure we ar scoring goals as well which we are.

"I'm sure hell address that and hopefully youll see more clean sheets in the future."

Millwall face Stoke City, Rowett's previous employers at The Den on Saturday, 3pm.

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