Article by James Barrett-Sterling
Carshalton Athletic forward Mickel Miller has been scooped up by Scottish Premiership club Hamilton Academical for an undisclosed fee.
Miller, a 21-year old Carshalton Athletic Academy graduate from South London, who has netted 25 times already this season, has been attracting increased attention from professional clubs since last season.
He was one of a select group of Non-League players invited to the Jamie Vardy Academy last summer which then led to a short trial with Sheffield United.
But it’s the Accies who have sealed a move that sees Miller sign a year-and-a-half contract and scale an equivalent six steps of the football pyramid.
Miller started at Carshalton at the age of 15 and made his first team debut two years later. He fast became a fans favourite known for his frightening turn of pace, quick feet and ferocious strike.
Miller scored the final goal of his Carshalton career in a 5-1 win against East Grinstead Town at Colston Avenue earlier this month.
“I want to thank Paul Dipre (club chairman) for believing in me and Peter Adeniyi (manager) for the freedom to express myself,” Miller said.
“I’ve enjoyed every minute at Carshalton, and the support from the staff and fans has meant so much to me, but this is the start of something new and I look forward to where it might take me.”
Carshalton chairman Paul Dipre commented: “I am very pleased for Mickel and I’m sure it won’t be the last time he will make headlines.
“I would like to thank Ronnie MacDonald (Hamilton chairman) for the way the transaction has been conducted. On behalf of everyone at Colston Avenue I wish both Mickel and the Accies the best of luck in the seasons ahead.”
Miller came through the Carshalton youth and academy system, being one of the first students since the Academy’s inception. He will follow an impressive list of former youngsters who have played for the Robins youth set-up including Millwall midfielder Jed Wallace.
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