Miller desperate to remain a Dagger

ALTHOUGH he has only been at the club for a couple of weeks, midfielder Adam Miller will be doing everything in his power to remain at Victoria Road for the forseeable future. The 27-year-old started the season at League One Gillingham, but has since fall

by MIKE SIMMONDS

ALTHOUGH he has only been at the club for a couple of weeks, midfielder Adam Miller will be doing everything in his power to remain at Victoria Road for the forseeable future.

The 27-year-old started the season at League One Gillingham, but has since fallen out of favour at Priestfield and admitted he has no intention of playing for Mark Stimpson's side again.

Miller made his home debut in the 2-1 defeat at Rochdale on Saturday, and is already planning on making his Daggers stay a long one.


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Extend

"I would love to extend my spell here as my time is done at Gillingham," said the refreshingly honest midfielder.

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"I've always been jealous of Dagenham's spirit, it's awesome and I love playing here," he said.

"I've had lots of ups and downs there (Gillingham) and I wasn't happy at all.

"I have made no secret that I don't want to go back as I'm not enjoying it, and when you're not enjoying it, you're not going to get the best out of yourself.

"I enjoy it here, there's a great chance of us going up and I feel like I've gained another 10 per cent in training.

"The gaffer's been brilliant, Terry (Harris) has been brilliant, Wayne (Burnett) is brilliant, they just give you that bit more encouragement.

"I feel more relaxed, happier and that gives you the energy to get about the pitch.

"I'd love the gaffer to sit me down and do something, I want to do something longer if possible and get another promotion under my belt."

Miller was a key member of the Gills' promotion side last season, making 35 league appearances and started the current campaign in the first team.

His last match came in the 2-0 defeat at Brighton on October 13 and the midfielder expects that will be his final time in a Gillingham shirt.

Everything

"I'm done with that place, it's a bit of everything that has gone on there," he admitted.

"I get on alright with the manager, it's a bit up and down, a bit lumpy and bumpy, but turning up every day and not knowing where I am, it's not for me.

"I just want to turn up, play football, enjoy playing football, which then has a knock-on affect as you enjoy your time outside football, with your family.

"When a club starts ruling your life and I'm going home to the missus and I've got the hump with her and it's nothing to do with her, that's not for me all that.

"I'd love to go into it further if I could, but I don't think its through ability, I think there's something else behind it.

"Hopefully I won't have to worry about Gillingham anymore if that's possible, I've had my ups and downs with the fans for some reason, I don't know why as in my heart I give 110 per cent every time I play or train.

"If I play I want to be the best on the pitch and I think that's why I like it here.

"People appreciate the work ethic, especially if you bring a bit of quality to the table too which I know I can do.

"People round here are trustworthy people too, I was raised like this, around these kinds of people."

Dropping down to League Two held no concerns for Miller either.

The former Ipswich trainee has spent spells at Canvey Island, Ebbsfleet, Aldershot and more recently Stevenage during his career, so he is well-versed in the lower reaches.

Bother

"It doesn't bother me at all, I'm not big enough to say I'm not going to go down to League Two," he said.

"I've been in the Conference for a while, and there are a lot of good players in this league, people make a very good living out of this league.

"No way would I say I'm too big to drop down to Dagenham or wherever it may be.

"I want to play football and I want to enjoy it, which I have done here.

"I'm grateful to 'Stilly' as he has brought me in.

"I hope I can get points and help win games.

"I've been lucky enough to achieve certain things in football and I want to do something here too."

Miller was paired in the centre of midfield for the second game running with Stuart Thurgood.

The duo's paths have crossed before, as they were both in the Gillingham side in 2007-08, until Thurgood was sent on loan to Grays Athletic.

For Miller though, he was delighted to be alongside the ex-Grays Athletic man once again.

Disappointed

"I loved playing with Stu at Gillingham and I was disappointed when he went," said Miller.

"We're from the same background in terms of we know we've got to work hard and earn the right to play.

"I'm more than happy to work hard before we get the ball down and do a bit with it.

"When you see Stu go at it, it makes me want to go at it, and I think when he sees me, it gets him going.

"I think we've got a good partnership going, we react well to each other, you want to look after your mate next to you and do well.

"I've got a good relationship with Stu off the pitch, as have all the boys, they're brilliant and that's what I love about it here."

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