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Papa Johns Trophy

Mickel looking to seize the Millers’ moment

The attacker fired Rotherham United into the Final!

29 March 2022

Mickel Miller has insisted he will grasp the opportunity to play in the Papa Johns Trophy Final for Rotherham United.

Wembley is the next stop for Paul Warne’s side, who have a chance to do the double this season, with the Millers occupying the top spot in Sky Bet League One.

“Everyone here is saying that we could turn this into a really amazing season by winning the Papa Johns Trophy and the League,” he reflected.

“The gaffer has said many times that an opportunity like this doesn’t come around very often, so it’d be amazing to achieve it.”

In the Semi-Final Hartlepool United midfielder Tom Crawford cleared the bar with his effort from 12 yards, and Miller had the opportunity to send the Millers through. He kept his cool, as Rotherham advanced 5-4 on a penalty shoot-out.

“In that moment, I had some nerves, but I feel like once you’ve picked your spot, it’s almost out of your hands,” he said. “The keeper is either going to make a really good save or you’re going to put it in the back of the net.”

Just four short years ago, when Rotherham embarked on their last trip to the capital, the attacker was still plying his trade in the depths of the non-League pyramid before journeying north of the border.

Whilst on the books of Hamilton Academical, he caught the eye of Rotherham, before signing a two-year deal with the Millers in the summer of 2020.

“It’s an achievement for me to be here now because I started in non-League and then I went to Scotland, and then from Scotland to here.” 

“If I rewind to four years ago and people had said I’ll be playing at Wembley in a Final, I’d be thinking that’s just farfetched, but God is good.”

Nevertheless, Miller, who was born and raised in London, is now firmly focused on his first trip to the home of football.

“I’m buzzing,” he expressed. “For me, it’s just an achievement to say I’m going to play at Wembley. I can’t even describe it. My family and friends are buzzing for me. It’ll be my first time at Wembley, so it’ll definitely be one to remember.”

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