Miller: Riga convinced me about Blackpool dream

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Ishmael Miller says the influence of boss Jose Riga convinced him Blackpool was the place to be.

The striker finally signed for the Seasiders yesterday after almost three weeks of contract talks at Bloomfield Road.

He put pen to paper on a one year deal with the option of another after doubts over the future of Riga were quashed by the manager himself.

Miller,27, explained: “There were a few rumbles about the manager’s future and he was going to be a big part of me coming here.

“But once I spoke to him properly and he assured me he was staying I was only too happy to come.

“It took a little bit longer than we’d have all hoped, but we finally got it over the line and I can’t wait to start.

“I’ve spoken to the manager a few times and he seems like a great man. He seems very assured, passionate and confident about what he wants to do here.

“There’s no doubt he was one of the biggest reasons why I came here.”

The striker fired 10 goals in 17 games for Yeovil at the end of last season and when fit is one of the Championship’s most dangerous front-men.

He will be remembered by fans after he tore Blackpool apart for Yeovil back in December.

Miller came through the youth system at Manchester City, and a move back to the North West was a big factor.

“It’s a massive thing to be near home,” he explained.

“I’m a big family man and have a close-knit group of friends.

“So it’s massive for me.

“It would be ideal now for me to settle here at Blackpool.

“I’m a Manchester lad so the location is perfect for me, being only 45 minutes away.

“I’ve come here to love my football again and get playing for a club who believe in me.

“I just want to try and keep my scoring form going.

“If I can score goals then the team should win games, and that’s what’s important here.”

Ironically, Miller’s debut is likely to come at the weekend against his former club Nottingham Forest.

His spell at the City ground wasn’t the best, having made only 25 appearances in three years and spending most of his time there on loan.

And he’d love to mark his return to the club with a goal for Blackpool

He said: “I wish the game would have maybe been a couple of weeks later to make sure I’m fully fit, but I’ll be fine once Saturday comes.

“I’m looking forward to maybe scoring against Forest, it would be a great thing to go there and score, and get off the mark for Blackpool.

“I’ve done a lot of fitness work on my own, it’s not ideal but I needed to do it.

“I’m sure I’ll be ready for a huge game against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.”