Roar's Miller out prove he's a player worth keeping on side

Liam Miller of the Perth Glory controls the ball during the round 25 A-League match between the Perth Glory and the Wellington Phoenix at nib Stadium on March 17, 2013 in Perth, Australia.
Liam Miller of the Perth Glory controls the ball during the round 25 A-League match between the Perth Glory and the Wellington Phoenix at nib Stadium on March 17, 2013 in Perth, Australia. Will Russell / Getty Images

NEW Brisbane recruit Liam Miller will have to wait until round eight to show the Glory it made a mistake in letting him go at the end of last season.

The 32-year-old spent the past two seasons in Perth after a combined six years with UK giants Celtic and Manchester United.

Unveiled by the Roar yesterday, Miller's contract will run until the end of the 2015-16 season, the Republic of Ireland International saying he was looking forward to playing some high-quality football with his new club.

"I'm always confident in my own ability, but nothing comes without hard work. I'll be ready," Miller said.

"The team has an abundance of quality and I'm looking forward to being a part of that. I'm a fan of how they play football."

Miller said he did not hold any mixed feelings towards the Roar, the team that beat the Glory side he played for in the 2011-12 grand final, due to a controversial penalty awarded to Brisbane striker Besart Berisha in the dying minutes.

"What's happened in the past has happened. I'm looking forward to meeting my teammates and cracking on with this year," he said.

The signing was a welcome change for the Roar who have lost Mitch Nicholls (Melbourne Victory), Massimo Murdocca (moved back to Melbourne) and yesterday announced right winger Ben Halloran had been given a release to a German Bundesliga 2 club, believed to be Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Miller will have the chance to play his first game in Roar colours when round one of the 2013-14 season kicks off on the weekend of October 11 after the draw was also released yesterday.

The opening Friday night game will be a replay of last season's highest-rating match between Alessandro del Piero's Sydney FC and Emile Heskey's Newcastle Jets.

The following day will see a grand final replay between the Central Coast Mariners and Western Sydney Wanderers, as well as a Melbourne derby between the Victory and Heart.

The Roar will have to wait until the Sunday to take on the Phoenix in Wellington, the round wrapping up with Perth hosting Adelaide.

The season will consist of 27 minor rounds finishing on Sunday, April 13, with the grand final to be played on May 4, the latest end in A-League history.

 

FIVE MUST-SEE GAMES IN 2013/14

Round one

Central Coast Mariners v Western Sydney Wanderers at Bluetongue Stadium on October 12.

Can the Mariners repeat their grand final victory over the second-year outfit on their home turf?

Round three

Melbourne Victory v Brisbane Roar at Etihad Stadium on October 25.

It will not only be Victory coach Ange Postecoglou against his former club - the Roar will have more motivation with former midfielder Mitch Nicholls joining Postecoglou in Melbourne.

Round three

Sydney FC v Western Sydney Wanderers at Allianz Stadium on October 26.

The fourth Sydney derby should produce another electric atmosphere after the ledger finished in a draw, win and loss to either side in the three battles last season.

Round four

Melbourne Victory v Wellington at Etihad Stadium on Monday, November 4.

After leading the Victory to two titles, former coach Ernie Merrick would love nothing better than leading his new club to a win against his old club.

Round eight

Brisbane Roar v Perth Glory at Suncorp Stadium on November 30.

This battle between two heated rivals just got spicier, after Liam Miller was confirmed as a Roar signing yesterday, from the Glory.


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