Miller move ends speculation for divided Stags fans

Ricky Miller celebrates his only Stags goal.
Ricky Miller celebrates his only Stags goal.

Speculation over the the future of former Mansfield Town loanee Ricky Miller ended with the player signing a two-year deal at League Two rivals Port Vale for an undisclosed fee.

Stags fans had been divided over whether the club should take Miller, 29, on a permanent basis this summer after only seeing the briefest glimpse of him during his injury-riddled loan spell at the One Call Stadium.

A player with a fantastic scoring record at non-League level, he failed to build on that after being signed by League One Peterborough and ended up out on loan with the Stags.

Continued off the field problems saw him in court again earlier this month after pleading guilty to failing to provide a sample following a car crash.

Miller, who had two previous convictions for drink driving, was banned from driving for three-and-a-half years, ordered to take part in a six-month alcohol treatment programme and attend 35 days of rehabilitation requirement.

He was also fined £300, and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £85.

However, a charge of assaulting a police officer was dropped.

Vale have now taken the chance on him and some Stags fans believe their club have missed out.

Vice President said: “I am not too fussed about losing out on Miller but, thinking about it, Pope and Miller could be a dangerous combination.”

PRL13 said: “We could well regret not keeping Miller and keeping Angol!”

S7ags said: “I reckon the thing with Miller is that he’ll no doubt score for fun in this league if he can keep his head straight - but this is by no means predictable.

“I would have signed him without hesitation and I think we have made a massive mistake as it can’t be that difficult to put a contract together that gave us an ‘out’ if he ‘misbehaved’.

“On we go though with what we have. I just hope we have a ‘goal scorer’ lined up though as we are looking very dodgy as things stand. With Hemmings gone, just relying on Rose and Angol is very worrying.”

Billythegoat said: “Do think we missed a trick here, Miller could have been exactly what we needed. Flipflop clearly didn’t want him, and we have to accept that, and I do, but I can’t but help look at his collage of goals from the season before and ponder what we could have had.

“Nothing against the lad whatsoever and obviously hope he bombs at PV, but rather think he is going to score shed loads and if he remains issue free, which is the risk anyone wanting him would have to weigh up, he could easily be among the league’s top goalscorers come next May.”

Miller himself tweeted: “Thanks to @theposhofficial for the opportunity they gave me.

“Sorry I couldn’t fulfil the promise I had shown, was a tough year for me you don’t have the first idea about!

“But I wish you well and hope I can show you why the chairmen and the club expected big things from me. Right let’s get this show on the road @OfficialPVFC.”