Tommy's treble target

TOMMY Miller today revealed three good reasons why he expects it to be a bumper 2005.The Ipswich midfielder, whose immediate New Year resolution is to get back on the scoresheet as soon as possible, is certain the future will be bright for himself and the club.

TOMMY Miller today revealed three good reasons why he expects it to be a bumper 2005.

The Ipswich midfielder, whose immediate New Year resolution is to get back on the scoresheet as soon as possible, is certain the future will be bright for himself and the club.

After playing a significant part in the Blues' 1-0 home win over Stoke yesterday, Miller said: “I want to play well enough to help Ipswich into the Premiership - and at the same time earn myself a new contract.

“And with my wedding planned for the summer I have a hat-trick of events to look forward to.”

Shefki Kuqi scored the only goal against a stubborn Stoke side to make it six successive home wins for the Tractor Boys - and strengthen their position at the top of the Coca-Cola Championship.

They now lead second-placed Sunderland by three points and go into 2005 as top dogs - with 11 of the previous 12 league leaders on January 1 being promoted to the Premiership.

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Miller's contract runs out at the end of the season and he admits that he wants to get things sorted as early as possible.

“I want to stay, but much might depend on which division Ipswich are in next season,” added the former Hartlepool player. “If I can help them go up it solves any problem in that direction. I will be playing for my contract.”

Shefki Kuqi, Fabian Wilnis, Drissa Diallo, Jim Magilton, Pablo Counago and Antonio Murray are also out of contract on July 1 and manager Joe Royle will be keeping tabs on the situation as this season progresses.

Town have another home game on Saturday when they entertain West Ham with a 1pm kick-off. On Monday afternoon they play their fourth match in eight days with a visit to Plymouth.

Kevin Horlock was dropped to the bench against Stoke, with skipper Magilton coming back after being rested for the 3-1 defeat at Millwall on Boxing Day.

Royle is likely to keep an unchanged side on New Year's Day, but with the signing of Darren Currie and Daniel Karbassiyoon he now has plenty of options in his squad.

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