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Miller Frustrated With Owls Contract

Wednesday midfielder Tommy Miller has revealed his frustrations at being unable to play for the Owls due to contractual reasons.

The 32-year-old, who has captained Wednesday in recent weeks, was withdrawn from the squad that lost 2-0 at Brighton at the weekend by boss Gary Megson due to a clause in his contract.

It states that should the former Sunderland and Ipswich Town man play a set number of games in a season it will entitle him to a new deal when his current contract expires at the end of the season.

It's left Wednesday and Miller in a difficult and awkward position as the season draws to a close - one they hope to sort out to suit all parties as soon as possible.

'It is disappointing but what can you do?' he told the Sheffield Star.

'It is out of the manager`s hands and my own. I feel like I am in limbo. I don`t know whether I am going to get another game but hopefully it will become clearer this week and something can be sorted out.'

He added: 'The club are not happy with the current deal but hopefully we can come to some sort of arrangement. It is a strange situation because I am very happy here.'

Miller has played a key role for Wednesday in recent weeks and has also taken the captain's armband. But Owls boss Gary Megson may still be weighing up his options as how best to rebuild his squad for next season.

Wednesday, and Miller, will be hoping to sort the problem out before Saturday's visit of Hartlepool United, Miller's former club, to Hillsborough.

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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday April 11 2011

Time: 11:47AM

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What a fecking shambles. This club is beyond belief. I'd offer him a year he deserves it he's worked hard this season and been unlucky with injuries. A year is fair on both sides. Once again mr strafford well done putting such a stupid clause in contract. He's a handy player round the squad and wants to stay. Hope this is sorted by Saturday.
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11/04/2011 12:34:00

typical wednesday. but bear in mind though that the player will have asked for this clause so he has to accept the consequences of it. we should be stronger as a club and reject these silly terms that players and their agents come up with
Hirsty's Shinpads
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11/04/2011 13:03:00

You hear about these sort of clauses in contracts all the time, it isnt just our club being a one off. might just say a lot about megsons plans for him next season though, Not being part of them being the obvious thought.
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11/04/2011 13:16:00

is it any wonder some of the player's dont give a ***** when they are treated like this ?
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11/04/2011 15:03:00

Why make him captain then?? Mickey fin mouse this really is.
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11/04/2011 19:24:00

Tommy has finally started playing and as a result, I think, deserves a contract. Don't keep him out of the team for gods sake - we need him! Good point about Tommy asking for it though: can't have much confidence in his ability to actually earn a contract, surely?
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11/04/2011 21:46:00

it sounds to me like it was only noticed at the last minute that this clause existed as miller didn't mention it and all the others who knew about it have left. i suppose we had no option but to leave him out until megson decides if he is part of his plans or not
Hirsty's Shinpads
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11/04/2011 22:27:00

it's not the first time we've had these type of clauses in contracts. I remember Simon Donnelly and Di Michele (or however you spell his name) having this clause in their contract and missing the last few months of the season because of it. (Donnelly was match fit too, before it's pointed out!)
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12/04/2011 10:30:00

Think he deserves another year,works hard and scores a few goals.This could only happen to us couldnt it? Suppose its down to Megson whether hes in his plans for next season.Have to wait and see.
leons gloves
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12/04/2011 12:21:00

dont know what all the uproar is about, its quite a common clause in older players contracts.
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12/04/2011 21:08:00

I work as an agent and it seems fairly obvious to me. Tommy has a clause in his contract that gets automatically extended....AT HIS CURRENT TERMS. This is the sticking point. He's on wages that were agreed when we signed him in the Championship and the club thinks that is too high for Division 1. Fair enough in my opinion and people should be glad we've got people in charge looking after the club's financial status after the mess of the last decade. I'm pretty sure this would all be easily resolved if he'd agree to reduced terms, reflective the current level Wednesday are playing at. Don't just automatically assume its the club that's at fault.
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13/04/2011 12:53:00

I for one hadn't assumed that it was the clubs fault especially being all the changes that have been happening this year. I'm relieved that we have people at the top counting the coppers appropriately again to ensure that we don't get in huge debt. My concern is with the timing surely this could have been sorted out earlier in the season, it's not like this came from out of the blue it's been in his contract since signing and our chances of reaching 6th and maybe getting promoted were over months ago. If Miller is happy with the club and wants to play it seems to me the power is his... If he doesn't turn out on Saturday to me thats just a clear indication that he wants the money and this talk of frustration is B.S.! It's not wrong that the club aren't wanting him to play until this is resolved i think it could have been handled a great deal better though! UTO
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13/04/2011 14:33:00

I guess it's down to the fact his previous form hadn't been good enough to warrant a new contract. Anyone else mildly concerned that his good recent form could be down to the fact he's realised he could be out of work in the summer and he's decided to up his game to earn a new contract? Kinda worrying that he's only turning into the player we hoped he was now his contract is up for renewal......
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13/04/2011 16:37:00


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