No let-up for Fire winger’s season
FOOTBALL: Impressive Fire winger Jordan Miller is using Sunshine Coast's final 180 minutes of football to prove he deserves to keep his second chance alive.
The former Energy star has steadily risen through the ranks at the Kawana-based club since coach Kevin A'herne-Evans handed him a NPL lifeline in the wake of the Central Queensland team's midseason collapse in March.
Miller knew a spot on the Fire would be no sure thing but the 20-year-old packed his bags moved 550km away from home to a town full of strangers so he could compete for time at a club that was at the time in a finals chase.
"Kev said the opportunity was there and I wanted to keep playing at this level," Miller said after yesterday's 1-0 win over South West Queensland.
"I started in the under-20s team and had to work my way up but that's what you have to do."
The pacy playmaker has locked down a spot on the NPL team's wing and yesterday proved his class when he provided the final pass for what turned out to be Futa Nakamura's match-winner against a stubborn Thunder outfit.
"It's been good, the guys have been really accommodating and it's a really good culture here," he said.
"They've made me feel at home from the get go, which has made the transition easier."
But he knows that Fire's inability to make the finals could lead to changes in the off-season and he will use tonight's match against Papua New Guinea and tomorrow's season finale against Brisbane City to prove he belongs in future plans. "You never know who's going to be watching," he said.
"We don't know who the coach is next year or anything like that, so it's massive.
"If you don't perform you might not be asked back.
"It's important for us to finish well - we're trying to get two more wins."
Fire takes on PNG tonight at Sunshine Coast Stadium (6pm kick-off) before travelling to Brisbane tomorrow to face Brisbane City.
SUNSHINE COAST 1
(F Nakamura goal)
SOUTH WEST QLD 0