Miller is new No. 8

By Derek DavisChief Football WriterTOMMY Miller has no fears about filling the No. 8 shirt vacated by Matt Holland after taking over from a legend when he was at Hartlepool.

By Derek Davis

Chief Football Writer

TOMMY Miller has no fears about filling the No. 8 shirt vacated by Matt Holland after taking over from a legend when he was at Hartlepool.

Miller was the first man to wear the same numbered shirt at Hartlepool when England star Peter Beardsley departed and wore it with great effect as a free-scoring midfielder at Victoria Park.


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He said last night: “Everyone knows what Matt meant to Ipswich and he will be missed. I have no worries about wearing No. 8 now - after all Peter Beardsley was a decent player.”

Miller will be looking to repeat the sort of goalscoring prowess he achieved while with 'Pool, netting 44 times in 160 appearances.

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Last year Miller notched 10 goals in an injury-disrupted season but is aiming to get past the 15 mark in this campaign.

Drissa Diallo, the new signing at centre-back whose last club was Burnley, has been handed No. 5, while Georges Santos, formerly of Grimsby, will be given his squad number next week after agreeing a three-month deal.

Andy Marshall has kept the No. 1 jersey but will know at this stage it is meaningless unless Royle has a change of heart and brings him back into the fold.

Martijn Reuser has chosen to keep the No. 30 shirt, which was among the top-selling tops last season. Holland's sold the most with Pablo Counago also among the highest sellers.

Ipswich Town squad numbers: 1 Andy Marshall, 2 Fabian Wilnis, 3 Chris Makin, 4 John McGreal, 5 Drissa Diallo, 6 Thomas Gaardsoe, 7 Jim Magilton, 8 Tommy Miller, 9 Pablo Counago, 10 Alun Armstrong, 11 Jermaine Wright, 12 Richard Naylor, 14 Matt Richards, 16 Marcus Bent, 17 Dean Bowditch, 18 Darren Bent, 20 Aidan Collins, 24 Nabil Abidallah, 26 James Pullen, 27 Matt Bloomfield, 29 Antonio Murray, 30 Martijn Reuser.

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