Miller previews Saturday’s game at Millwall
New signing Ishmael Miller is relishing the opportunity to show what he’s made of at Huddersfield Town.
The 27 year-old striker joined the Terriers on transfer deadline day and is available for this weekend’s Sky Bet Championship game at Millwall.
“I had a few options, but as soon as I found out Huddersfield was interested I was buzzing,” Ishmael told the press at PPG Canalside on Thursday.
“I’m a Manchester lad, so the Club is not too far from home and I feel this club is a great fit for me. I enjoyed my time at Blackpool and I wish everyone the best, but I jumped at the chance to work for the staff here.
“Chris Powell and Alex Dyer are a great team; they get the best out of their players. The manager wants me to go out, express myself and give it my all for Huddersfield Town. I know he’s been interested in me in the past – I think he knows what he can get from me.
“I’m also relishing the opportunity to be reunited with Steve Eyre, who I worked with in my Manchester City days. We’ve kept in touch over the years and as soon as I knew this opportunity was available we got in touch with each other.”
A powerful player, the former Man City and West Brom forward believes he can use his attributes to add to the team:
“Hopefully I can bring some goals to the Club and that will help us get the wins. I feel like I’ve got ability in all different areas; I can be a target player or the man who runs in behind at pace. For a big guy I think I have good feet, so I can bring a lot to the team. If I give it my all, I believe I can make the team better.”
Having completed two training sessions with his new teammates, Ishmael believes life at Huddersfield Town is already having an impact on him:
“There seems to be a great team spirit here, along with a lot of good players. I’m a very family-orientated person and after my first day of training here on Tuesday, my family commented on how much happier I appeared. It’s a great environment here. You always play your best football in that environment and hopefully it will bring the best out of me.
“For now I’m going to get my head down and work as hard as I possibly can. We’ll work hard as a team and if the wins and points come, I’ll get what I deserve. It’s a big opportunity for me to play in a great environment at a great club.
“There’s pressure for everyone in football, but I’ve been in the Championship for a good number of years now and I know what it’s about. I’m always pressuring myself to be the best I can be. I have a goals target to achieve between now and the end of the season, but I’ll keep that to myself!”
Miller will compete with James Vaughan and Nahki Wells for the striking berths in Chris Powell’s side, but rather than worrying about the competition Ishmael is looking at what the trio can achieve as a unit.
“Of course I want to play, but it’s a team game and whoever is picked – me, Vaughany or Nahki – I will wish all the best. I want all three of us to do well, because that will help the team do well. Scoring goals will only help the team.
“I played against Vaughany so many times during my days in the Academy at Manchester City when he was at Everton. Now it will be great to play alongside him; he’s a top player with a lot of attributes.
“Nahki’s rise onto the scene has been brilliant over the last few years; he’s come on leaps and bounds. It’ll be great to play with either of them.”
His Town debut could come at the Den on Saturday, but rather than focusing on personal glory Ishmael is looking at helping the team record the win.
“I’ve scored a few debut goals during my career, but the most important thing is the win for the team. If we get the win and I score, that’ll be the icing on the cake of a great day.”
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