The tans have been topped up to rival those on Love Island, the boys are back from a sunny Portugal and look forward to this weekend's pre-season friendly with League One side, Gillingham at Priestfield.
After a successful 4-0 away win on Canvey Island and a 1-0 win over Fleetwood Town, the Lions were defeated in their most recent pre-season fixture against Braga. The new summer signings seem to be gelling well and Neil Harris has added more depth to his side since the game with Concord, so will be eager to see how these teams fit in against Football League competition. The Gills have had a busy transfer period themselves, but the big news in Medway is star striker Tom Eaves leaving the club for Championship side, Hull City.
There has always been a slight rivalry between the two sides and in previous seasons when Millwall had been at times the only 'London' side in League One, Gillingham were seen as a bit of a derby. Although a game with nothing to play for, both sides will be hoping for a positive result before their respective league seasons start.
Haven't we met before?...
Gillingham 1-1 Millwall, 8th April 2017 - An equaliser from veteran striker, Steve Morison saw the points shared at Priestfield and Millwall sneak into the League One play-off places with only a handful of games left in the season. The first half was a goalless affair before Joe Quigley found the back of the net for the home side just after the hour mark, but it was Morison who followed up from a Jed Wallace shot which ensured the Lions left Priestfield with a point.
Both sides will be looking at trying out all fit members of their squads, so expect plenty of changes throughout the majority of the game. Shane Ferguson, Aiden O’Brien, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and Connor Mahoney are players who have been singled out in particular by Neil Harris as those who will be getting more game time, so expect them to play as many minutes as possible.
Gabriel Zakuani is a doubt for the Gills and looks to miss the start of the season with the ankle ligament damage he picked up in the February league fixture with Barnsley.
THE ONE TO WATCH -
There has been much excitement since Mahoney's signing from AFC Bournemouth and his impressive season on loan at Birmingham in the 2018-19 campaign just highlights his Championship pedigree. The wide man has impressed on the recent trip to Portugal and will be looking to build on the steady foundations he is putting in place in the Millwall side. Although only 22 years of age, the fact Mahoney featured in 32 games and got on the score sheet just shows how vital he is to the teams he is in, so the fans will be eager to see the young midfielder continue to grow and develop in South London.
WHO ARE YA?
For this week's 'Who Are Ya?' we sit down with The Gills Fancast, a podcast dedicated to the Kent side. Prior to this weekends game, we ask the guys how the preseason transfer business has gone, what they think of Tom Eaves' move up to Hull City and how they think the game will go.
1. Not long until the start of the season and there’s been a lot of activity in the transfer window! What do you make of the players that have been brought in?
I’m happy with the business so far. We’ve made signings that although may not be the most instantly recognisable names at League One level, look like they are important pieces of the jigsaw as we look to address our weaknesses from last season. Our midfield especially is going through a drastic rebuild, with Steve Evans looking to see much more steel and athleticism in the middle of the park.
2. Preseason is always a good to experiment with squads and formations, how has it been for the Gills so far?
Pre-season has looked promising to date. The most important thing is that we’re yet to suffer from any problematic injuries, but the players have also set a high bar in terms of standards in their pre-season performances, something that the management won’t let slip as we head into the new campaign.
3. One of the big subjects of the season it Eaves leaving for Hull. He was always rumoured to be leaving, but are you surprised with his new club?
Slightly. We always expected he would end up at a club in the Championship, however many Gills fans thought he would stay down south with his move. Hull should be a good fit for him though, and hopefully he can continue his goal scoring form with them.
4. Tell us about the podcast you host? What can fans expect from the show?
First and foremost the podcast covers all the latest news and matches with plenty of opinion and debate. We also believe in listener interaction so we regularly run a fun-themed question on social media which we then discuss on the show. Ultimately we’re a group of enthusiastic Gills fans who liked to have a lighthearted discussion about the club, hopefully that’s how we come across too!
5. Millwall and Gillingham have something of a loose rivalry, how will the home fans see this game?
From our point of view it’s the first opportunity to see this new look Gills team test itself against opposition from a higher level. Of course, the result isn’t overly important, however it would be good confidence boost should we compete well against Championship opponents.
6. What do you think the score will be?
I think it should be a good watch and a competitive game. I can see it ending level. 2-2.
PREDICTION: GILLINGHAM 1-1 MILLWALL
Both sides will want to win this game, yet as it's a friendly I cannot see neither side really taking the game by the scruff of the neck and dominating. Millwall struggled for goals last season and with Bradshaw still finding his feet it could take him a while to re-lace his shooting boots, but this game is more about minutes than the result.
Come on you Lions.