Miller eyes national senior team
Former St George's College and national Under-17 football star midfielder Ryan Miller is working hard to catch the eyes of the national senior team coach.
Miller boosted his ambitions when he netted the first hat-trick in the 2017-18 Red Stripe Premier League for new club the University of the West Indies against former champions Montego Bay United at UWI Bowl, Mona last Sunday.
UWI blanked Montego Bay United 3-0, with Miller's goals in the ninth, 10th and 72nd minutes. Miller, the league's leading scorer on five goals in four games, added to the brace scored against Humble Lion two weeks ago.
"I was a bit surprised by scoring a hat-trick against MoBay, but coming into the game, I had the intention to score. I just was not thinking about three goals. By scoring goals, I hope that the national senior coach (Theodore Whitmore) will take a look at me and give me a chance," the 20-year-old said.
Miller is not a quick player, but knows how to get ahead of opponents and be in the right position.
"I think the game out. It is all about being a step ahead of the opposing players. I try to get into the right spaces and give the passer a good option," Miller reasoned.
Miller came to prominence in the schoolboy competition, winning back-to-back Manning Cup titles at St George's. After high school, he went to an academy at Philadelphia Union in the United States and spent one year. He returned to Cavalier in 2015 and played for that club in the Premier League.
Cavalier were demoted, but Miller stayed and led the team as captain and top scorer to win the KSAFA Super League. He then played a crucial role in Cavalier's promotion back to the nation's top flight league.
Miller left Cavalier after nine years as he said he wanted a new challenge at a club.
"I want to win titles. UWI have been improving since they were promoted two years ago. The team has some good coaches and players who can think out the game, so although it is early, I am confident," Miller noted.
"Coach Fuzzy (Marcel Gayle) knows my ability from I was at St George's College. Working again with him has been going well," he also said.