It’s Miller’s time to shine at Spalding

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Kern Miller is looking forward to linking up again with Nathan Stainfield as the Spalding United new boy aims to give the Tulips a formidable defence again.

Spalding only conceded once in their opening 10 league games en route to the UCL title last season and former Lincoln and Barnsley defender Miller is determined to ensure they are strong at the back again.

Skipper Jamie Stevens and dependable left-back Adam Jackson have left but Tulips boss Pat Rayment has replaced quality with quality and brought in former Peterborough full-back Gareth Jelleyman and towering defender Miller.

The 6ft 1in defender made his Football League debut for Lincoln against Accrington in 2009, helping them to a 2-0 win in League Two.

That proved to be his only appearance for the Imps and he went on to join then-Championship outfit Barnsley.

He played twice on loan at Accrington three years ago only for his spell to be cut short due to a broken jaw suffered when on a night out.

Since then he has been playing non-League football, though he hasn’t given up on returning to the Football League.

He said: “Spalding is an ideal move for me because we are both ambitious.

“I believe I am good enough to play at a higher level than this and I hope this move kick-starts my career again.

“I’ve had some ups and downs but that’s football. I am only 22 and I have a lot of football left in me.

“I know Nathan as we were both at Boston and I am looking forward to playing alongside him.

“I’m quite tall so I think I will bring leadership qualities and I am good in the air.

“Spalding seems to be a really good club. I spoke to Pat and he wants to challenge for the play-offs or even automatic promotion and I know he is bringing some good players in so it promises to be an exciting time at the club.”