FORMER Hartlepool United hero Tommy Miller could be on the radar of Pools first-team coach Neale Cooper after he was released by Huddersfield Town.
The 33-year-old midfielder was one of seven players to be told by Terriers boss Simon Grayson that they would not be required in the npower Championship.
Miller’s last contribution to Town was a bittersweet one – he celebrated promotion at Wembley on Sunday with a dramatic League One promotion play-off penalty shoot-out win over Danny Wilson’s Sheffield United, but only after missing the first of his side’s spot-kicks.
Miller, from Shotton Colliery, has made no secret of the fact that he would love to return one day to Pools, a club where he came through the youth ranks to become a highly-rated goal-scoring midfielder in the old Third Division.
It was inevitable he would be picked up by a bigger club and he joined Ipswich Town for a fee of £750,000.
Miller spent four years at Portman Road before joining Sunderland in 2005.
When he did not fit into then-boss Roy Keane’s plans he returned to Ipswich in 2007 and after leaving the Tractor Boys two years later he joined Sheffield Wednesday.
He had two years at Hillsborough before spending last season at Huddersfield, who he helped into the play-offs, making 26 appearances after recovering from a double hernia op.
Pools, as predicted in SportMail yesterday, have passed the 1,000 season-ticket mark.
Fred Roberts reached the club’s first big landmark figure when he went to the Vic yesterday to purchase tickets for himself, wife Elaine and son Scott.