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McSheffrey: Miller ticks the right boxes

20 June 2022

Gary McSheffrey insists new striker George Miller ticks all the right boxes for what he wants in his Rovers front line.

Miller has arrived at the Eco-Power Stadium on a three-year deal and will wear the number nine shirt in the coming campaign.

First team manager McSheffrey and head of football operations James Coppinger had a clear picture for the type of player they wanted to lead the attack next season.

And McSheffrey says the 23-year-old is the ideal fit.

He said: “We did this one a little bit different. We gave a scout a player profile for what we wanted in a striker and what we felt that we were missing with the types of qualities he needs.

“George was one of the few names that came back.

“We really studied it, narrowed it down to a couple, and we felt George was the one for us.

“We met the player, presented to him what we want to do and what we expect from him and we felt that went well.

“We made him feel a part of it and he loved the training ground and the stadium.

“And it was nice to get the deal done quite quickly.”

The primary quality McSheffrey was seeking for his front line was energy and he believes Miller brings that in spades.

“It was no secret that we needed legs and willing runners,” he said. “Energy that can last 90 minutes.

“Chasing lost causes is one of the non-negotiables that I love in a footballer.

“Fans love it. They love to see their strikers chasing and pressing from the front is the modern game now. Can we win the ball back high up the pitch?

“If you’ve got strikers that can do that you give yourself a chance.

“We’re delighted to get him over the line.

“There was competition, there were plenty of clubs interested in him.

“For him to choose us after the initial meeting is really good and shows we’re doing things right.”

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