Tom Miller Completes Dundalk Move
Dundalk FC has completed the signing of midfielder Tom Miller from Rangers FC, with the 19-year-old signing a one-year full-time contract at Oriel Park on Thursday evening. Miller has appeared in all four of the club’s pre-season games to date, and the English-born youngster put pen to paper shortly after Thursday’s Jim Malone Cup victory over near neighbours Drogheda United.
Miller was at Norwich City for seven years before moving to Rangers at the age of 16, and he has spent the last two seasons with the Scottish club. However, having struggled with injury during his time in Glasgow, he is now looking forward to getting back to playing regular football. “I’m looking forward to this season, I think that we can do well,” Tom told dundalkfc.com shortly after signing.
“I had a lot of injury problems at Rangers,” he added. “I was out for a year with my knee, and then I broke my foot in my first game back. But I just recently started getting back into the swing of things again. I was playing reserve football, but there’s no competitive reserve league in Scotland, so I was just playing in friendlies. I’m not really going to move on and progress doing that – that’s why I wanted to get playing competitive football again.
“I feel I’m over the injury problems now, definitely,” he continued. “I just need to get a little bit of sharpness back, which these pre-season games are going to give me, and then I feel that I can push on. Ian approached Rangers about me and I spoke to the Reserves manager there. I was asked to come over here, so I came over for a week for Ian to have a look at me and for me to have a look at the club. I had three games and I did alright, so he approached the club and we agreed a deal to come here.”
Miller played against Athlone Town, Shelbourne and Bray Wanderers before returning to the UK, but he was back in Oriel Park ahead of Thursday’s visit of Drogheda, and he says that he has enjoyed the club so far. “I’ve liked my time here,” he said. “I think Ian is a great manager, he’s good speaking to us, he’s honest and he’ll help you out. I think Wayne Hatswell is very good as well, he’s experienced. It’s good – I’ve enjoyed it. I feel as if I’m still finding my feet in the games so far.
“It will take time,” he added, “but I feel as each game is going by I’m doing alright. Today (Thursday), I felt a bit tired. I have been travelling all day, but other than that I thought I’ve done well in the games so far.” Miller, a native of Cambridge, will move to Dundalk for the season, and he says that he has no problem leaving home. “Obviously, I moved to Glasgow, so I’m used to it,” he said. “I don’t really mind. I’m just looking forward to the football, that’s the most important thing. I just want to play football for Dundalk, and hopefully do well for the club.”
Manager Ian Foster also expressed his happiness at landing the signature of Miller. “I’m delighted to get him,” he said. “He’s a player with a lot of potential, a good young player. He has a great attitude, he has a fantastic physique and he’s a good ball player. He wants to get on the ball, he plays in the right manner, he’s a positive footballer and I’m looking forward to working with him.” Foster also feels that Miller will do well alongside Alan Cawley in the middle of the park. “To be fair, Tom can do both sides of it,” he said. “He can compete and put in tackles, and get up and down the pitch, and he can also have that composure to get on the ball and link-up well with Alan. I’m sure that those two in there will be a decent combination.
‘Highly thought of’
“He’s just one of those players you have on your radar,” Foster added when speaking about how the chance to sign Miller came about, “when you go and watch that many games. I was aware of Tom when he went from Cambridgeshire up to Rangers. He was highly thought of. He just had a couple of bad injuries, but he’s over them now. He’s not an injury-prone player – it was two tackles that caused the injuries. I saw a little bit of him here and there, I’ve always been impressed, and I’d like to thank the people at Glasgow Rangers for allowing him to come over and letting him join our football club.”
Foster revealed that the club had initially sought a loan deal for Miller but that it is now permanent, although Rangers will keep tabs on him between now and the end of the League of Ireland season. “It was initially going to be a loan deal,” he said, “but we’ve managed to talk Rangers into letting him out and getting him until November, which we’re delighted about. Rangers are going to monitor his progress, because they believe he is a good footballer as well. But like I said, I’m delighted to get him on board.”