2 Tom Miller (RB CB,DM)
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Remember Tom Miller only failed to fulfil his promise at Rangers when a cruciate injury effectively negated his two-year contract, just a month in, after a switch from Norwich City. Then at Newport his face didn’t fit. So we know we have the quality to back up what our eyes have told us this last 18 months. But number two begs a question: Could a player who is better as a defensive midfielder be making way for another who is equally so? Namely Dan Gray, the expected Imps right-back, who has it all, bar perhaps, the Achilles of pace.
Tom’s tenacity and none-shall pass mantra made him an instant hit at City, indeed his eight starring roles in 2011/12 played a massive part in keeping us up. Fast forward 12 months and he had done it again, either at the heart of defence or at full-back when Diagne had succumbed to that awful gash. Tom inspires fans and team-mates alike, to have him in this season’s side of such promise, suggests sustenance to a successful Sincil Bank play-off bid. He is Lincoln personified, for this side has fight backed up by the class that, well, just might? Tom, has the boots finger and thumb to get stuck in, a stitch in time to save nine, to plug every proverbial dyke, as the fairy story would demand. Tom is certainly one who will move heaven and earth to make the dream a reality. The fairy tale ending as team Lincoln attempt to sustain and achieve a Bank-bounce- back and a record seventh return to the Football League.
Few fans can say that there is a sense of expectation when the ball falls to his feet, unless he is picking it up to send forth that javelin throw, of course. Like Farman, Boyce , Gray or Brown, he is seen as the reliable last line, who will throw body and soul onto the Sincil turf, to deny the foe. Indeed he is just as willing to take it to them as his away player of the year award confirms. Yet Tom is a utility player who can play anywhere along the back four or in a defensive midfield role. He has the engine to go box-to-box and those throws will be a vital piece of Simmo’s six-foot soldiers armoury again this term. Thankfully his reliability came good at another vital time, this time off the field of play, when it came to signing a new 2 year deal in the summer, suggesting he will provide substantial supporting evidence in the Lincoln City case for the defence for the foreseeable future.
A little history before the historic stats & bio………
Tom joined the Canaries at 14 and progressed through the ranks at the Colney Training centre to become Norwich City Academy player of the season, in 2008. But somehow it was not to be thanks to manager Glenn Roeder. who failed to give him a first year pro deal.
Jim Duffy, the then assistant manager, contacted Rangers when it was evident that Tom would not get what many felt should have been a deserved opportunity in the game. He was flown up to Ibrox and had an outstanding trial game, making a telling contribution all over the pitch in a 5-1 win. Rangers gave him a two year contract to the delight of his proud father Ray, before the tragic injury struck. Tom was then farmed out to the tough environment of the Irish League with Dundalk, before joining Newport.
Last season’s away player of the year has never hidden, home or away, whether he has been employed at full-back or centre-back, even though his best position is in a central or defensive midfield berth. In his season and a half at the Imps he has been inspirational, a true leader on the pitch when the going gets tough. A candidate for captain, he is a born winner and this two year deal suggest he shares the vision of manager Gary Simpson – that we will be there or thereabouts this season at the very least and push on in the second year.
|Tom Miller’s Imp stats 2012/13|
|Tom Miller’s Imp stats 2011/12|
|Tom Miller’s Exiles stats 2011/12|
|FULL NAME||Thomas William Miller|
|DATE OF BIRTH||29 June 1990 (age 21)|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Ely,|
|HEIGHT||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|WEIGHT||11 st 8 lb 75.54 KG|
|PLAYING POSITION DEFENDER / MIDFIELDER|
|CURRENT CLUB||Lincoln City|
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