Carlos Edwards might be known as the Fossil, but he’s more like a dad to many of Millwall’s players.
And the 37-year-old’s experience will be vital in the League One run-in for the youngsters in Neil Harris’ side like Ben Thompson, Mahlon Romeo, Jordan Archer and Jed Wallace.
As the Lions go into the last 11 games of their campaign, Edwards said: “We have come so far in a short time and we have a great opportunity.
“We need to keep our focus. I can’t wait for the games to come. We need to be our brother’s keepers and look after each other.
“We have to continue to work on the little faults - to improve a bit more in certain areas; and to take one step at a time.
“Don’t study what anyone else is doing - that is the least of our worries. The teams around us need to do what they need to do - and we need to do what we need to do.
“As we come to the last games, we might need teams to do certain things. But at the moment, it is in our hands, especially as we have games against the teams around us.
“It is not going to be easy. We will be playing clubs who want to be in the play-offs like us and others who are trying to escape relegation.
“But we are thinking about 2013-14, where we had eight games to save our season and we made it. Only this time, we have 11 games to get promoted.
“Automatic promotion is not even on our minds. We will just tick the games off and see where we end up on May 2.”
Edwards was back in the team on Saturday, at left-back, as a result of Joe Martin’s suspension for a 10th booking.
“The gaffer had a word with me on Thursday and with Mahlon Romeo and Shane Ferguson doing really well, he didn’t want to shuffle the team too much,” said Edwards. “I told him I was up for the challenge.
“No one wants to be sat back with their feet up for the rest of the season. I was really happy he thought fit to put me in.
“It is different playing on the left, but not that different. The last time I played there was for about 10 minutes in the 1-0 win over Bournemouth on the last day of 2013-14.
“A professional should be able to play any position. You might not want to put a keeper as a striker - thought Jordan Archer might like to try. But if called upon, you should be able to do a job.
“The manager knows my defensive qualities. Crossing with my left foot is getting there - though I have to take the whole of the warm-up to crank it up.
“And I know I can find strikers or midfielders in the box if they are there.”