Miller aims to nurture Hartlepoll United’s Walker

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TOMMY Miller believes he can help nurture rising Hartlepool United star Brad Walker in the same way others helped him 13 years ago, writes RICHARD MENNEAR.

This summer the 35-year-old re-joined Pools, the club he left more than a decade ago when he moved to Ipswich Town for a club record fee of £750,000.

Since leaving Victoria Park in 2001 Miller has gone on to make more than 500 league appearances across all four divisions of English football.

So he is well placed to be able to pass on his wealth of experience to the next generation.

Miller says there is a lot of potential in the Pools squad and has highlighted 18-year-old Brad Walker as one to watch.

The pair have played alongside each other in the opening two matches of the new season and Miller says there are similarities when he first broke through into the first team at Pools.

During his first stint Miller was “guided” in the right direction by the likes of Paul Stephenson – who played 170 games for the club – and Mark Tinkler who played 245 games over seven years.

Shotton Colliery-born Miller can see the similarities between then and now, with him helping the younger players including Walker who broke into the first team at Pools last season.

Miller, who is wearing the Number 10 shirt this season, said: “Brad is in the team and he had a good season last year.

“I have heard a lot of good things about him and he has shown that in training while I have been here.

“I have enjoyed playing with Brad and enjoyed the pre-season games with him.

“There are some similarities when I came through at Pools and I had someone in there to help me along – the likes of Paul Stephenson and Mark Tinkler.

“I’m hoping to help him in that same way, to guide him a little bit and keep him right.”

Miller, who has also played for Sunderland, Sheffield Wednesday, Swindon Town and Bury, made his second debut for Pools in the 1-0 defeat at Stevenage on Saturday.