Kenny Miller signs on for a bit more with the WhitecapsJuly 24, 2013 at 10:32 pm | Posted in Vancouver Whitecaps, Whitecaps Season 2013 | Leave a comment
Today the Vancouver Whitecaps announced they have extended Scottish striker Kenny Miller’s contract for another six months. It may seem odd because the extension is so short, but from what I can understand it was done for the purposes of taking him out of the shop window so that other teams can’t touch him during the transfer window.
Whatever the reason, the extension of Miller’s contract is good news for the club.
Miller’s start at the club midway through the 2012 season was hardly an auspicious beginning. He was the Whitecaps most expensive signing, and we all expected Miller to be great from the start. Unfortunately it took him time to settle; his fitness and timing were off, and his goal production was low. He looked for all the world like a typical aging star from overseas who was just cashing in on his reputation. Many fans, myself included, were not happy, because we have seen that movie before in North American soccer.
Miller responded to the criticism and doubt like a model professional. He came to training camp for the 2013 season with one goal in mind: to prove to the club and its fans he was worth his large contract. From day one in the first match he delighted fans with his fantastic work rate and commitment. These are precisely the attributes Canadian sports fans appreciate.
On the first day of the season against Toronto he impressed fans by dashing the full length of the pitch to help out defending. In the second match of the season he scored a goal against Columbus to demonstrate he was going to put balls in the back of the net this year.
So far this season Miller has six goals to his credit in 13 matches. Not only is he scoring goals, but he is scoring timely, important goals. His early winning goal against Seattle at home made Vancouver Whitecaps history, and his superb header on the road against the Red Bulls showed we could beat the best teams in the MLS in their own park.
Goals aside, Miller is leading the team like a veteran should. Miller and Nigel Reo-Coker provide that magical leadership that only veterans can provide, bringing the best out of young players like Gershon Koffie and Russell Teibert. Miller’s professionalism and winning attitude have become a huge asset for our team, as is reflected by the love the fans are now giving him.
Kenny Miller is the proverbial ugly duckling who turned into a swan. It is only a short term extension, but now that Kenny has put all doubts aside, every minute we get out of this guy is going to be worth it for the club and its fans.