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Have Peterborough United found yet another attacking ace?

Tuesday 16th May 2017
In recent years, Peterborough United, have been well known for finding gems from non-league and turning them into outstanding, goal-scoring machines. The club's scouts have been at it again and have just signed another talent, in 28-year-old, Ricky Miller.

Dwight Gayle, Britt Assombalonga and George Boyd are just a few famous names at The Posh. They've all passed through the ABAX Stadium during their prosperous careers, eventually moving on, to bigger and better things. With George Boyd a Premier League regular with Burnley and Dwight Gayle picking up a Championship title-winning medal this month, it would be impossible to say that Peterborough's scouting and coaching team have just been in luck.

Miller arrived just a few weeks ago from Dover Athletic, after reaching the end of his contract with the Southern side. Miller has scored goals almost everywhere he's been, as he progresses through the English football system. 23 goals in 25 appearances for Stamford Town, followed by 24 in 40 appearances for Boston United came all before the frontman managed an astonishing 60 goals in 86 appearances for Dover Athletic. It is no wonder that The Posh have chosen to snap him up, following a rejected bid in the most recent January transfer window. Whether or not Miller views the Cambridgeshire side as a stepping stone to go beyond League One, is yet to be seen, regardless of this Peterborough will definitely score goals next season thanks to this man.

Since signing for The Posh, the hot prospect had only been at his new club for a matter of days when Peterborough United chairman, Darragh MacAnthony, had to decline a £250,000 bid for his new striker, a bid which showcases Miller's quality. One factor which may have discouraged Peterborough from bidding for the prolific striker is his arrest just two years ago. Mr Miller was at Luton Town at the time, he was arrested for five counts of assault which saw his Luton contract be terminated early. Dover Athletic offered the striker a second chance, one which he took with both hands.

MacAnthony isn't shy from signing controversial players though. Paul Taylor, another excellent striker to be shipped off for millions through the club, tested positive for cocaine during his Chester days, earlier in his career. However, despite this, Peterborough took a chance, it was an extremely good decision by the board as the striker went on to contribute 12 goals in 48 appearances before making a £1.5million to Ipswich Town.  Regardless of Miller's past, it's easy to see that he can score goals, just as Taylor did, and become very successful at the club.

Unfortunately, not every signing Peterborough makes turn into gold. Attacking flops in the likes of Emile Sinclair and Tyrone Barnett to the tune of over £1.1million has left the club red faced. Both strikers enjoyed promising starts, Barnett scoring on his debut and Sinclair scoring a brace on his first start. Miller will be keen not to follow in their footsteps as he looks to make his own, unique, mark on the pitch at the ABAX Stadium.
Jack Drury
19 years of age. Sport and Exercise Science Student at Loughborough University. Peterborough United.

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