BY ALAN TEMPLE – @CCP_Sport
Lee Miller insists Falkirk is the “perfect fit” at this stage of his career after snubbing potential options in England to sign up for the Bairns’ promotion push.
The former Scotland international, who initially joined the club on a short-term contract until January, has scored two goals in 11 appearances during his second spell with the Championship outfit.
And the 32-year-old had no qualms about extending his stay until the end of the season when approached by manager Peter Houston, insisting he has plenty more to give to the Falkirk cause.
Miller also revealed he has not ruled out staying at his spiritual home beyond the summer.
He said: “I’m delighted to get things sorted. It has felt like coming home, there are a lot of the same faces from the first time. It has always been a friendly, family club and always will be. The likes of Alex Totten, and people behind the scenes, give a really good feel to the place.
“I could probably have gone down south but I am more than happy here. Even at the start of the season, there were a couple of options – but they didn’t suit me.
“I am happy here, my kids are happy here. They are settled in school and nursery and, if I’m honest, I don’t want to be anywhere else. This is the perfect fit for me.
“I wouldn’t rule out staying longer. I feel like I’ve got a few good years in me and if I can stay away from the niggling injuries then I think I have a lot to give.
“Credit to the manager [Peter Houston] for taking a chance on me. I think I’ve I’ve done reasonably well, barring one wee injury, and built a decent relationship with John Baird and hopefully that can kick on.”
Miller was a regular for the Bairns between 2001 and 2003 after emerging through the club’s youth ranks, scoring 30 goals before enjoying a varied career with the likes of Bristol City, Hearts, Aberdeen and Carlisle.
However, he never played for the club in the top-flight, and he would love to spearhead a successful promotion campaign during his second stint.
Falkirk are just six points off the pace at the summit of the Championship and face Hibs and Rangers in consecutive fixtures during December.
The experienced striker said: “It’s not something we have spoken about as a squad, but to think that far ahead, to achieve promotion with this Falkirk side would be phenomenal – for the players, staff and the town.
“There are a lot of boys here who could easily play in the Premiership and they would thrive in it.
“Rangers had a great start to the season, while we have gone under the radar. All the focus is on Rangers and Hibs, which suits us just fine.
“It’s a really competitive league, you see Livingston getting a draw with Rangers. There is still a lot to happen between now and the end of the season.
“To say Rangers or Hibs will run away with it is a bold statement and, at the moment, I feel we are matching them. There are huge games coming up and it is all to play for.”