Cavalier, Miller part ways on eve of play-offs
CAVALIER will be without Ryan Miller for the Premier League promotion play-offs after his goalscoring heroics topped all strikers in the Super League and Jackie Bell Knockout competitions.
The Corporate Area Super League winners parted ways with their captain a week ago over a pay dispute. Miller, who signed a three-year deal with the club two years ago, has another season remaining on their books. It will cost $35,000 for a buyout of his contract.
"Things are not the same like when the season started. My contract ends next year, but I won't continue with Cavalier because the club has been taking money from my salary. I have been fined for the past three months without explanation," the former St George's College and Jamaica youth star told STAR Sports yesterday.
"I don't know what he (chairman of Cavalier Rudolph Speid) is trying to do. I am frustrated by his behaviour towards me. Now, I have decided not to continue playing for Cavalier," the player added.
Speid, who is also Cavalier's technical director, said there was no pay dispute between the club and Miller.
"It is no pay dispute. He (Miller) missed training on the first, eighth, 20th and 23rd of May. He was fined for missing training on those days," Speid explained.
Willing to pay
"Cavalier is finished with him. He used curse words to one of the assistant coaches during a training session last week. I sent a text to him, wishing him all the best. I am done with him," Speid said, pointing out that despite having a year remaining on his contract, Miller could go if a club is willing to pay.
"He is a contract rebel. He is paid as per his contract every month," Speid added.
Miller led Cavalier to the Super League title with 11 goals and also scored five times in the Jackie Bell Knockout, which they lost to Tivoli Gardens in the final.
Cavalier, demoted from the Premiership two seasons ago, are scheduled to play South Central Confederation champions Rivoli, another former Premier League team, in the play-off on Sunday at Prison Oval, starting at 3 p.m.