I DON’T WANT TO FIN-ISH THEM OFF

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Joshua Richards

ISH­MAEL Miller es­caped the mad­ness of Bloom­field Road af­ter a tu­mul­tuous six months at Black­pool, but ad­mits it would break his heart to score the goal that rel­e­gates them to League One.

Miller joined the Seasiders on a one-year deal in Au­gust, with an op­tion of a fur­ther 12-month stay, be­com­ing only the club’s ninth reg­is­tered player just four days be­fore the sea­son be­gan.

Black­pool sup­port­ers and then­man­ager Jose Riga were at log­ger­heads with chair­man Karl Oys­ton over the as­ton­ish­ing prepa­ra­tions to the new sea­son and the sit­u­a­tion re­mains tem­pes­tu­ous even now, de­spite cur­rent boss Lee Clark ( pic­tured be­low) hav­ing a full com­ple­ment of play­ers to choose from.

Revo­lu­tion

Miller is no longer one of them, hav­ing joined the Chris Pow­ell revo­lu­tion at Hud­der­s­field Town on trans­fer dead­line day.

But with the Ter­ri­ers set to take on his for­mer club on the fi­nal day of the sea­son, Miller ad­mits he would not rel­ish po­ten­tially putting the fi­nal nail in their cof­fin.

“It could be dif­fi­cult to play against them on the last day of the sea­son. In a dream sce­nario they will be safe and we will be in the play-offs and I won’t have to score a goal that sends them down,” said Miller, who last turned out for Black­pool in their 7-2 de­feat to Wat­ford last month, leav­ing them rock bot­tom of the Cham­pi­onship. “It was a great re­lief to get out of Black­pool. There was so much go­ing on there, we were al­ways in the news and I’ve never been through any­thing like that be­fore as a player.

“I’ve got real sym­pa­thy for the manager and the play­ers, be­cause there’s tal­ent there and a de­sire to do well.

“I wish them all the best and hope things im­prove be­cause it is a good club. There are some good guys there in gen­eral, so hope­fully they will start to pick up a few points.

“For me, I just want to be back play­ing foot­ball with a smile on my face, be­cause if you’re happy that will bring the best out of you. Hope­fully that will hap­pen quite quickly and ev­ery­thing else falls into place.”

Hud­der­s­field are the eighth club to be added to Miller’s CV, largely due to a spate of loan spells since join­ing Not­ting­ham For­est from Pre­mier League side West Brom in 2011. The sec­ond of his loan spells with Yeovil ended ac­ri­mo­niously, af­ter he walked out of a team meet­ing, while he made lit­tle im­pres­sion dur­ing a sea­son at Mid­dles­brough.

But the 27-yearold is now keen to get set­tled and en­sure Hud­der­s­field is not merely the lat­est club on his whis­tle-stop tour of the Foot­ball League.

“My goal is to make this my home,” he added. “It’s been a few years since I’ve left West Brom and it’s just not quite worked out for me at cer­tain clubs, but hope­fully it will this time. It would be good to get set­tled here.

“I learnt about Hud­der­s­field’s in­ter­est about ten days be­fore it all went through and it’s a great op­por­tu­nity for my­self.

“I knew Ra­doslaw Ma­jew­ski from For­est and played with Joel Lynch as well, but when you get to my age you re­alise hav­ing to walk into an un­fa­mil­iar dress­ing room is part and par­cel of mov­ing clubs. I don’t get in­tim­i­dated.You get familiar with the lads quite quickly once you’ve started train­ing.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Images

FRESH START: Ish­mael Miller wants to make Hud­der­s­field his home

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