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INTERVIEW: An important player for us

16 April 2013

Manager on the Miller contract situation

United manager Greg Abbott today confirmed that he has spoken to striker Lee Miller about a possible contract extension as the front-man’s current two-year stay with the club draws to a close.

Miller, 29, joined the Cumbrians from Middlesbrough in August 2011 and has scored 23 goals in his 57 appearances so far.

“I like Lee Miller, and so do the players,” Abbott said.

“I think the fans would like to know if he will be with us or not, but he’ll make his decision at the right time for him. 

“We have to hope that he’ll give us another twelve months because I think he’s an important player for us.”

“I talk to him regularly about his situation but he has to make a decision that works for him,” he continued. “He has told me that he’s serious about staying but that he wants to see what’s around and he wants to think about what will be the best thing for him to do next season. 

“You have to allow players to do that. That’s the way the game is and we have to wait to see what comes of it.”

Miller made it five goals in six games when he bagged the equaliser against Preston at the weekend taking his season haul to eight, despite missing the first half of the campaign with a troublesome ankle injury.

“We have a number of players who have contract issues still to be resolved,” Abbott said.  

“We’ve got a few games to go and people can still change our minds with how they do things. 

“I think I’m almost there with those who will be told yes, or no, but situations can change all the time.”

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