TOMMY Miller is refusing to rule out a return to Hartlepool United – should Mick Wadsworth be interested in signing him.
The former Pools favourite, pictured, who made his professional debut as an 18-year-old at Victoria Park, was released by Sheffield Wednesday last week, The Owls reneging on an earlier promise that he would be offered a new deal.
Miller, now 32, is sure to have plenty of suitors, but, in an exclusive interview, the Shotton-born star told SportMail that a move back to the North East is not out of the question.
“I would definitely speak to Hartlepool if I knew they were interested,” he said.
“I don’t know if they are, but I wouldn’t rule anything out.
“Hartlepool is a club which means everything to me.
“I had a great time there and they were the club which set me on my way – I owe them a lot.
“So you never know in football, I’m going to take a little bit of a break and just see what happens.”
Miller had been locked in a contract wrangle with Wednesday in the closing weeks of the season, the Hillsborough club aware that too many appearances would trigger an extension clause.
He did, however, skipper Gary Megson’s side against Pools last month and scored from the penalty spot during a 2-0 victory.
And Miller admits he was stunned when he was told his time in South Yorkshire would be coming to an end.
“Until three weeks ago I was getting a new deal,” said the former Ipswich Town and Sunderland midfielder.
“I’d spoken with them previously and I was told they wanted to keep me.”