Rotherham United recently announced Mickel Miller as their first summer signing as he joined the Millers on a two-year deal.
Miller played an integral role in helping Scottish Premiership side Hamilton Academical defy the odds of relegation for the last two years after joining the club from Isthmian Premier League side Carshalton Athletic, in the eighth tier of English football.
The highly rated winger, who scored 12 goals in 68 appearances for Accies, was delighted to join the South Yorkshire side, saying to the club’s website:
I’m delighted that I’ve been given the opportunity to come and play here. It is a big step. It is going to be a challenge for me but I like challenges and it will be a good experience.”
The miraculous rise of Mickel Miller over the last couple of years has been nothing short remarkable and it wasn’t that long ago he was playing part-time and also had a day job on the side.
He’s taken another huge step in the right direction with a move to Paul Warne’s newly promoted Millers.
He’s and exciting, energetic, and enigmatic player who can play on either wing as well through the middle as a striker and will bring some competition to Chiedozie Ogbene.
The 24-year-old is full of pace and has plenty tricks up his sleeve. He loves to fly up and down the flanks and regularly cuts inside onto his preferred left foot and isn’t afraid to shoot from distance, scoring three stunners during his time at New Douglas Park.
Speaking about his time in Scotland, Miller said:
“My two years at Hamilton were great and I feel so lucky to have been given the opportunity to play in the best league in Scotland. I met some so many fantastic people and played alongside a fantastic bunch of teammates. I will always remember the staff and fans also as they were great and I can’t thank them enough for giving me a memorable experience.”
He is also a very creative player, managing eight assists across the board, and should he decide to cut inside, will look to play the deadly through ball to the striker, leaving the full-backs trailing in his wake.
The Englishman is a hard-worker and will come back to support the full-back that he is playing alongside with. He’s had eight yellow cards and two red cards, which is quite a lot for a attacking player, but he won’t shirk a challenge.
Nobody is perfect and Mickel is no different. Luckily, I managed to watch all 68 games that Mickel played in red and white hoops and one of his downfalls during his time with Hamilton was his consistency.
It was thought that he was going to move on this summer but Miller insisted that there was no particular reason for leaving Accies apart from wanting a new challenge.
Mickel was a man in demand on numerous occasions. Last summer he was linked with three League One sides in Scunthorpe, AFC Wimbledon and Northampton and had one of those clubs came to an agreement with Hamilton, he would have faced the Millers last term.
I felt like Rotherham was the right place for my next move as I believe I will be pushed and raised to another level. Paul Warne played a big part in me joining the club. I hope I can bring my creativity and of course hard work to the team and that will result in goals.”
In January, fellow Premiership side Hibernian had a bid rejected for the attacker and it was rumoured that he was high on Jack Ross’ wish list this summer, so Rotherham definitely would have had some competition for his services.
He is an exciting addition to the Millers and although it’s another step up, it’s a new challenge that Miller will relish and it goes without saying that everyone associated with Hamilton wishes him nothing but success.