Lots of folks are loving life in Vancouver after the Whitecaps opened the head coaching tenure of Carl Robinson with a 4-1 throttling of New York this weekend, and you can count striker Kenny Miller among them.
The 34-year-old Scotsman scored twice in the win, and his postgame comments made sure to make mention that he’ll be out of his contract in June and would really like to stick around.
“Listen, it’s one game. As I said before, we don’t get carried away. It’s fantastic, we’re going to go away and enjoy it – but it would be great to be off the market early doors.”
Of course, he’ll want to strike while his boots are hot. Miller is a Designated Player, bearing the same mark as Pedro Morales and Matias Laba. So how long of a deal would it take to keep the elder of the three (Morales is 28 and Laba is 22)? That will play a big role in any decision on his future.
He’s making $1.1 million and has netted 12 times in 37 appearances for the Whitecaps. He’s three goals away from 200 in a 585-appearance career that saw him play for Rangers, Celtic, Bursaspor, Wolverhampton, Derby County and Hibernian before arriving in Vancouver.
Presumably Miller would rather get an extension that pushes his deal through this season and maybe next, and could play the “going home” hand if things don’t work out before June. He retired from international soccer after scoring in Scotland’s 3-2 loss to England last August, so his only business is club soccer.
The smart money’s on Vancouver getting him to stick around through at least this season, but manager Carl Robinson used a wary approach when discussing Miller’s desires in late February. It’s something monitor, especially if the Scot keeps scoring.