Freed Miller - I'll be back

IPSWICH Town's free transfer-listed central defender Justin Miller declared today: "I may come back one day to haunt them."The 22-year-old South Africa-born reserve team skipper was recalled by manager Joe Royle from a successful loan spell at Leyton Orient as he wanted to have a look at him.

By Dave Allard

IPSWICH Town's free transfer-listed central defender Justin Miller declared today: "I may come back one day to haunt them."

The 22-year-old South Africa-born reserve team skipper was recalled by manager Joe Royle from a

successful loan spell at Leyton Orient as he wanted to have a look at him.

The 6ft rearguard man from Johannesburg had left for the O's before Royle took over in charge at Portman Road in late October.

Injury and illness hampered the player after returning from the Third Division East London outfit, but a fortnight ago he told Star Sport he was anxious to impress Royle to thrust himself into contention for a Nationwide League First Division chance.

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The Blues boss watched Miller in the 1-1 Premier Reserve League draw with visiting Leicester on Wednesday.

Miller, who was told the following morning that he was being freed, said: "I thought I might have been given a bit longer, say two or even three games. But at least I know the score.

"My contract doesn't run out until the end of the season – I'm not being rushed out."

There is likely to be plenty of interest in the player who captained the Blues' second string to the league title last May.

Orient were keen to keep him on a permanent deal, while fellow Third Division outfits Hartlepool, Bournemouth and Carlisle have also shown an interest in the past.

"It's not the end of the world," said Miller. "I've got to build my career elsewhere and perhaps one day make Ipswich regret letting me go.

"I really enjoyed my time at Orient and I got the impression that they'd take me tomorrow. But at the moment I'm keeping my options open.

"You never know, a higher division club may come in for me."

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