Tranmere land former QPR, Nottingham Forest and WBA man

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Tranmere have completed the signing of much-travelled striker Ishmael Miller on a free transfer after the player left Oldham Athletic last week.

Miller, 31, has penned a deal until the end-of-the-season and will go straight in to the squad for Saturday’s trip to Cheltenham Town. He played against Rovers for Oldham Athletic at Prenton Park just a few weeks ago.

It’s Miller Time

Ishmael Miller’s move to Tranmere is an interesting one. Rovers is the eighth permanent club of his career and it’s fair to say that the last few years of his career have not gone as he may have liked.

However, let’s not write him off. First of all, he will most definitely add a significant presence to a frontline that has struggled to get to grips with the more physical League Two defences. He’s also got experience, and regardless of form in the recent past, there is more than enough evidence to suggest he has a lotof ability as well.

Can Micky be the man to get it out of him?

Born in Manchester, Miller came through the Manchester City Academy in the days before the club was awash with money. He made his senior debut for City as a sub in a Premier League game at home to Wigan in March 2006 and went on to make a further 19 appearances in the first team.

He would make his first start for the club in a Premier League match against West Ham at the Etihad, starting alongside Bernardo Corradi and Georgios Samaras. He only started two more games for City before he joined WBA on loan in the summer of 2007.

Miller got off to a flying start with the Championship club. He netted on his debut against Preston and would have nine goals by early November. The form was enough to attract the attention of a whole host of clubs the following January, but he made his move to WBA a permanent one with a fee reported of being in the region of £1million.

He ended his first full season at the Hawthorns having scored 16 goals at Championship level and helped the Baggies secure promotion to the Premier League. He would start the season as first choice striker in the top flight and netted three times before the end of November. His career would hit the buffers soon after he sustained knee ligament damage in December 2008 and missed the remainder of the season.

WBA struggled without him and were relegated back to the Championship. Miller would not return until January 2010 and scored two goals in 16 appearances as the season reached its climax and Albion were once again promoted to the Premier League with Miller playing his part.

He found first team opportunities harder to come by back in the Premier League and spent time on loan at QPR before ending the season back at the Hawthorns.

Million pound man

In August 2011, Miller was on the move again, this time joining Nottingham Forest for a fee of £1.2million. This is perhaps the stage at which his career tails off slightly.

He managed only 14 starts in three years at Forest, along with 16 sub appearances. He would spend time out on loan at Middlesbrough and then Yeovil. His form at Huish Park was excellent and he averaged a goal every other game during the 2013/14 season for the Glovers in the Championship.

The 2014/15 season saw him on the move around the Championship again having joined Blackpool and then Huddersfield. He left Huddersfield in the summer of 2016 and spent a year at Bury prior to joining Oldham Athletic in the summer. He has scored 14 times for the Latics this season.

So, with a good pedigree and goal scoring form in the Championship as recent as five years ago, can Micky get enough out of Miller to make him a success at Prenton Park? Time will tell.

A warm welcome to the club, Ishmael.

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