BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Ryan Leonard’s focus is only on soccer – not his long-term future – as Millwall head again into Championship fight this weekend.
The Lions resume league motion at struggling Wycombe Wanderers tomorrow.
And Leonard says the struggle for factors is all that he’s involved about.
The club-record signing’s current deal runs out on the finish of June – similar to Tom Bradshaw, who joined in the identical switch window in the summertime of 2018, and final season’s top-scorer Matt Smith.
“I’m out of contract on the finish of the season – I’m positive just a few gamers are,” stated Leonard, who has been an ever-present within the Championship this season.
“I’m simply retaining my head down.
“For me the primary factor is to be taking part in video games, attempting to do effectively and carry out. I need to play effectively for myself and for the soccer membership.”
The tenacious former Southend United, Plymouth Argyle and Sheffield United midfielder is barely two matches away from 350 senior appearances.
“I had no concept about being on that quantity,” stated Leonard. “It’s good to be near an honest milestone. I’m nonetheless solely 28 and really feel I’ve hopefully received fairly just a few years to go. And I need to hold enhancing.
“Final season was a irritating one for me. I had a few unhealthy accidents. I tore my lateral knee ligament in opposition to Leeds [on October 5, 2019] after which the day earlier than I used to be going to start out coaching I tore it once more. It was a double whammy. It took out a number of my season however I managed to get just a few video games after lockdown. Now I’m 100 per cent wholesome and match.
“The actual fact we didn’t have a number of a pre-season in all probability helped me. I didn’t need the break due to the time I’d been sidelined.
“It’s good to have began the season within the gaffer’s ideas and I need to hold that going.
“We’ve received squad. Many of the gamers can are available in and play in addition to these already within the group. The boys who’re in there know they should be at it.”
Millwall suffered their first Championship lack of the season earlier than the worldwide break – a
2-1 reverse at Swansea Metropolis. The SE16 outfit are eleventh within the embryonic standings with 5 factors from 4 fixtures.
“We’ve been barely inconsistent,” stated Leonard. “We’ve performed effectively at instances however probably not put it collectively as we’d like.
“We’ve not proven what we all know we will produce however have nonetheless picked up just a few outcomes. It’s not begin or a nasty begin – however that’s one thing we’ll be trying to put proper within the coming weeks.
“When you knew why that was [the inconsistency] it will be a simple sport. We have to hold working onerous on the coaching floor and be higher at what we need to do.
“The gaffer is getting throughout his concepts and we’re engaged on them. It’s a tight-knit group of lads and I feel most of us wished we’d had a sport on the Tuesday to get straight again on the market to try to put it proper.
“We all know what we have to do that weekend and we’re chomping on the bit. Coaching has been actually sharp the final week or so.
“We sat down and checked out what we did unsuitable and what we may do higher. Saturday is an effective event for us to place proper what we didn’t do.”
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