Right back Gary Miller signed for the Blues on Tuesday afternoon and we caught up with him shortly after he put pen-to-paper to get his thoughts on his move back up north to Brunton Park.
“I’m looking forward to getting started,” he said. “It’s a club I’ve played against before so it’s exciting. I’ve been shown around the stadium, the gym and the training pitches, and things like that. It all looks great, so I’m looking forward to workign here.
“Everything went through quite quickly once we made contact. There have been a couple of holidays in the way, but it was all agreed once we started talking and we moved forward from there."
“The gaffer was keen to make it happen," he told us. "He’d spoken to people who know me and it was good to hear that he was pleased to get it done.
"I’ve played against him when he was at Notts County as well. He seems to have a good outlook and a good plan for the way ahead, and I’m excited to get on board and join him.
“I did have other options but after speaking to the manager, and listening to his views on what he wants for the team moving ahead, I knew wanted to make the move here. It obviously brings me a bit closer to home as well, which is good, whilst also staying in English football.
"The location helps with my personal situation, but it wasn’t the main factor. Playing in England was always something I wanted to achieve when I was playing north of the border. I went to Plymouth and won promotion in my first season, then we had a great season during my second season there. I’m coming here to try and do the same again, so to stay in England is great for me."
“I’d like to think I bring good experience and thet my best years are still ahead of me," he told us. "I’m looking forward to getting started and hopefully doing well for the club.
"With Plymouth we went into the season as underdogs, so it was good for us to be able to achieve promotion and we’ll be looking to do the same here this season.
“The gaffer has said that he thinks we should be higher than we are, which is always good to hear. It’s always good to have ambitions and to look ahead, so hopefully we can achieve something good this season."
On what we can expect to see from him, he said: “I’m the sort of player who likes to keep solid in the back four, but I do like to get forward as well.
"Whatever I do, I'll always play my football to help the team. I'm a right back in the way I do things, and I know the manager is looking to add other players, so we’ll just see who he brings in and go from there."
Next up is the return to pre-season training at the back end of the next week, and the job of settling in and impressing the manager and his staff.
“I don’t think anyone ever really enjoys pre-season, but it’s an important time of the season," he commented. "We’ll all get stuck in and I’m sure we’ll be ready for the season ahead.
"I think it would be a bad thing if you didn’t get a bit nervous when you were coming to a new club, it’s always good to look forward to it and be excited.
“With the new manager coming in it will be something new for everybody, even the lads who were here last season, so everyone will be in the same boat and looking to impress.
"I’m always looking to work hard and prove myself so the one-year deal with an option works fine for me. I know I have to knuckle down and do well if it's going to progress from there."
As for personal targets, he told us: “I’ll leave the targets to the manager. I’ll just try and do my best in every game.”
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