TOMMY Miller would relish a return to Hartlepool United – if his former club came knocking at his door.
The 33-year-old ex-Sunderland midfielder is currently taking a breather after his season was extended into the last weekend in May by the League One play-off final.
Wembley provided a bittersweet finale – he was thrilled that Huddersfield Town clinched promotion back to the npower Championship but his final contribution was a missed penalty in the shoot-out win over Sheffield United and was then released by Terriers boss Simon Grayson.
“I’ve not sorted anything out about what I’m doing next,” Miller said. “I am off now on holiday and I’m looking forward to the break.
“I have heard nothing involving Hartlepool. I still know people there, like Micky Barron, but I’ve not spoken to anyone at the club and no one has contacted me. But I would be interested in coming back – definitely.
“I loved my time at Pools and they are a very good club.”
Miller admitted he was disappointed not to have been kept on at the Galpharm Stadium but says there are “no hard feelings” with Grayson or the Yorkshire club.
“I’d loved to have stayed, but nothing surprises me,” said the midfielder from Shotton, who lives at Wynyard, on the outskirts of Hartlepool.
“I was captain at Sheffield Wednesday and I was told last season that I’d be getting a new contract and then weeks later they released me. That shocked me but this didn’t.
“I’d been brought to the club by the previous regime so it was no great surprise that I wasn’t offered a deal.
“I’m sure Simon wants to bring in his own players and freshen up the squad a bit.
“He was perfectly honest with me and said that I would not be an automatic choice next season and that at this stage in my career that I should be looking to be playing regularly.
“In fairness I probably won’t miss travelling up and down the motorway every day, but I’d loved to have had another crack at the Championship.”
“I enjoyed my season at Huddersfield and going up in the play-off final after losing 12 months ago was brilliant for the club.”
Miller has spent the last two seasons in League One, firstly with Wednesday and then with Town.
It means he has been able to keep a close eye on his first club, for whom he scored 44 goals in four happy years at the Vic.
The former Ipswich and Sunderland star admits he has been impressed with Pools who, in the 2012-13 campaign, will be starting their sixth season in a row in the third tier of English football.
“Pools have done well,” said Miller, who believes they are a top goal-getter away from breaking into the teams challenging for honours.
“A lot of the teams in League One are inconsistent. If you can get someone in who can score goals then you have more than half a chance.
“When I joined Hudderfield the club had been on a tremendous run from the previous season.
“Momentum counts for a lot but so do goals and look at Jordan Rhodes – what he’s done is remarkable really and we won promotion back to the Championship.
“I’m disappointed it’s over for me but good luck to the club. I’m going to enjoy myself for a week or two and then see what I’m going to do.”