Miller earns himself a two-year deal
IAN Miller has earned himself at least a two-year contract with Ipswich Town just months after plying his trade in the Ridgeons League. And Blues boss Jim Magilton also revealed to the EADT last night, that the club is ready to help Jaime Peters' bid for an employment visa by offering him a new deal at Portman Road.
By Derek Davis
IAN Miller has earned himself at least a two-year contract with Ipswich Town just months after plying his trade in the Ridgeons League.
And Blues boss Jim Magilton also revealed to the EADT last night, that the club is ready to help Jaime Peters' bid for an employment visa by offering him a new deal at Portman Road.
The Canadian has convinced Magilton and the Town coaching staff he is worth a new contract and the Blues are hoping his 36 appearances and three goals, along with his continued progress in the national squads, will be enough to convince the FA and the Home Office that he should be granted the necessary paperwork for him to stay as a player in England.
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Magilton said: “We are going to hold contract talks with Jaime and his representative next week and offer him a deal. Jaime has got better as the season has gone on and has shown us that he has a future here. We think he is going to get even better and deserves a new contract.
“Once everything is sorted out and they are happy we will present our case to the relevant authorities and take it from there.”
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There will be no such problems in dealing with Miller and his agent with Magilton prepared to offer the 22-year-old a minimum two-year contract.
He said: “Usually I like to put players on a one-year contract to see how they go but Ian has earned the right to have the extra security.
“I'm sure he is level-headed and sensible enough to know that he still has a long way to go and a lot to learn and not become complacent.
“Ian has impressed us all with his aptitude and attitude since the moment he walked in the door and again is someone I can see only getting better.”
Only last year, the Colchester-born centre-back helped Bury Town win promotion from the Ridgeons League to the Ryman League and he started this season working as a sports and nutrition lecturer at West Suffolk College.
He was spotted in a pre-season friendly and after being invited to train with the Blues was offered a short-term contract until the end of this season.
After impressive loan spells at Boston United and Darlington, Miller returned to make his Ipswich Town debut in the victory over Plymouth Argyle and is expected to get another taste of first team action before the season ends.
Magilton will also hold talks with a number of other players about their futures over the next couple of weeks although he admits that some will be told they will not be getting new deals.