IT'S MILLER TIME!
Incider is the proud sponsor of City new boy Lee Miller.
In a shameless attempt to get
our money's worth, we caught up with the Scottish star on the training
field and quizzed him about his nickname, the Wigan bid and
how he planned to repay The Incider’s faith in him. Warning:
The interview should be read in a broad Scottish accent.
Q. Describe yourself as a player for
those of us that haven’t
seen you play.
I’m probably what people would describe
as a target man, good in the air and pretty skilful on the floor.
I just like to play, get
hold of the ball, link with midfield - and score goals, obviously!
Q. What did you know about Bristol City prior to us showing
an interest in signing you?
Nothing at all really. Just that they’d
been pushing for promotion all last season and that they lost out
in the play-offs. Obviously
the lads have told me all about it now and how disappointing it was
to finish third and come so close.
Q. Was there one thing in particular that made you realise
Bristol City was the club for you?
As soon as I came down here and saw the area
and met the people involved with the club, it just felt right.
Tins showed me round, he’s
a top man and he really made me feel at home straight away.
Q. It was widely reported that Wigan
were also after your signature. Bearing in mind they’re
in a higher division than Bristol City, why did you choose to
come to Ashton Gate?
Yes, Wigan came in for me too, but coming here
I felt I had a more realistic chance of getting in the first team.
I didn’t want
to make a move and end up in the reserves. Also I know the crowds
here are much bigger and that we have a large set of travelling supporters,
which is something I’m looking forward to playing in front
Q. How do you feel you’ve settled
in, both in training and in the pre-season friendlies?
I’m delighted. The boys have made me feel very welcome. I’m
looking for a house in the area at the moment, so it’ll be nice
to get settled. I’ve probably bonded best with the two Lees
up front. I didn’t realise Lee Peacock was Scottish until I
joined, so that gave us something to chat about straight away and
we’ve hit it off since then.
Q. What are your aims for the coming season?
Obviously we all want to win the league and I want to play as many
games and score as many goals as I can in helping the team to achieve
Q. Most fans expect City to be pushing for automatic promotion
this season. Does that level of expectation bother you?
Not at all. I think automatic promotion is a
realistic target. A few of the boys have told me that we should
have got automatic promotion
last year, so I don’t see any reason why we can’t go
on and do it this coming season.
Q. Did Falkirk fans have a special song
for you that you’d
like to hear sung down here?
No they didn’t particularly. Hopefully I’ll
do enough to deserve one here though.
Q. Do you have a nickname that the players call you by in
No, they don’t have a nickname for me.
They just call me Lee.
Q. We assumed that, as we already have
to strikers called Lee, you’d be called ‘Dusty’ or ‘Windy’!
WINDY??!! Very funny. No, ‘Lee’ is
just fine, thanks very much!
Q. Did you know that The Incider is sponsoring your away
shirt for the coming season?
That’s great. Thank you very much.
Q. How were most of your goals scored
last season? Were they from getting on the end of crosses or
more of a poacher’s type
Most of them probably came from crosses. We had
a decent left back and a good winger at Falkirk who fed me plenty
of good balls to get
on the end of. I was also playing alongside Owen Coyle last season
and he’s an incredible player to play with and to learn from.
He helped me a lot and I hope I’ve brought some of his knowledge
with me down here.
Q. You must have been pleased to see a quality winger like
Luke Wilkshire sign for the club too then, as he should be able to
provide decent service to you from out wide.
Before I signed I knew that they were after Luke as well. It was
certainly a factor in my decision to come here, so I was delighted
when he finally signed too.
Q. It was reported that you wanted to progress your career
in England rather than Scotland, despite Aberdeen being very keen
on signing you. Why did you feel a move to England was a better move
Well for starters there’s a lot more money down here, I don’t
really know what’s happened to Scottish football recently in
that respect. I also thing there’s a better standard of football
and better facilities and that it will improve my chances of being
selected by Scotland.
Q. Have you got any Scottish caps at any level so far in
I played for Scottish Schoolboys and got picked
for the Under-21’s
squad once, but that’s about it. I’m confident that will
change with my move here though.
Q. Bristol City haven’t had a striker to knock in twenty
plus goals in a league season since Shaun Goater played for us. Do
you feel it’s within your capabilities to achieve that target
Yes, most definitely. I got twenty plus goals with Falkirk last season
and they play fewer games than the league clubs down here. So scoring
twenty or more for Bristol City is certainly my target, yes.
Q. It must have been disappointing to win the league with
Falkirk but not get promoted. With that in mind, did the Falkirk fans
wish you well when you came here or was there any bad feeling?
The fans were fine with me. I was over in the Czech Republic when
it was all going on, so all I knew was that Falkirk had received a
couple of bids but it seemed to take forever to get things sorted.
It was nothing to do with me, it was to do with Falkirk accepting
a bid, then not accepting a bid. I think they were quite unprofessional
about it really.
Q. Finally, do you have a message for the supporters of your
new club, with the new season just a few days away?
Obviously I want to do my best for
the club and help us win promotion. I’ll be doing my very
best to help us achieve that and, on a personal level, I hope I
can score goals, goals and
Thanks to Lee for sparing the time to
talk to The Incider.