22 February 2014

Kenny Miller Watch – Kenny wants to stay in Vancouver

by Shane Nicholson | Executive Editor

Kenny Miller wants to stay in Vancouver according to Whitecaps stringer Martin MacMahon as the former Rangers striker confirmed he is looking to extend his MLS deal beyond this June. We can all breathe a collective sigh of relief.

Kenny Miller's contract with the Vancouver Whitecaps ends in June, but he'd like to stick around for longer. 
While the 34-year-old forward has always said he would be open to the possibility of extending his stay, on Wednesday, the Scottish Designated Player was a bit more explicit about his hope of continuing his MLS adventure.
“To be honest, I hope I'm still sitting here on the phone talking to you [in June],” Miller told Vancouver radio station TEAM 1040 on Wednesday during a phone interview. “I'm hoping I'm still here. I've spoke with the manager, and I've spoke with the people at the club. 
“They've let me know where they stand, and I've let them know where I stand. For me, it's about staying fit and healthy and being on that pitch as much as I can, score as many goals as I can and hopefully that will earn me the right to stay here until the end of the season.”

Miller tallied eight goals in 21 appearances for the Whitecaps in 2013 before having surgery in the offseason to repair an injured right knee. Thankfully Vancouver head coach Carl Robinson is also open to the idea of Miller sticking around despite his recent injury troubles:

“Kenny's thing is Kenny's got to come in, get in the team and score goals. If Kenny does that, then we'll reassess (his contract status) in June, July.”

Carl says all Carl needs to see is Kenny making progress. If Carl sees that, Carl will be open to extending the 34-year-old striker's contract through the end of the season. Hopefully Carl's doubly impressed by what Carl sees and Carl can offer a contract with even longer terms that will make all of us much more happy. Carl. Kenny. CarlKenny. Carl.

Anyway, it looks like Miller is off the radar finally. Not that we've any damn money to spend anyway.

[h/t James Black]