Miller released from final year of his contract

Gone (Chris Hyde/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Gone (Chris Hyde/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Liam Miller was this afternoon released from the final 7 months of his contract with Brisbane Roar after the club announced this afternoon the two would part by mutual consent.

The beginning of the end here was the fact that Miller was dropped to the bench in favour of a Petratos- Henrique right side combination in attack after the round one loss to Adelaide, which resulted in a DNP against his old side Perth in round two and a 78’ minute cameo in the most recent game against Sydney.

All of that lead to Mulvey deciding to make Miller available for Saturday’s NYL game against Adelaide in order for him to get some match practice something he also opted to do with Jack Hingert and Jean Carlos Solórzano. Both Hingert and Solórzano played 90 minutes and did well, and it was probably a case where the plan was for Miller to do likewise.

Marco reported yesterday in the paper that he oversaw a lengthy discussion between Mulvey and Miller at the recovery session on Saturday morning, where yesterday Mulvey alleged that it was decided that he wouldn’t play in the game that afternoon due to an injury. Brisbane however did keep a spot in the matchday squad open for him however, and despite having the full NYL squad at Goodwin Park on Saturday evening, they were left a man short on the bench for the game which they won 1-0.

The fact that they left a spot in the squad open for him right up until the last minute would seem to indicate that he failed to show up and that Jeff Hopkins and the Roar youth coaching staff were expecting him to play. I did pick up on this on Saturday afternoon, and I mentioned on twitter yesterday that it was probably the beginning of the end for him. It also makes Mulvey’s assertion that Miller was withdrawn due to an injury and any other discussion is ‘scurrilous’ to suggest otherwise look rather foolish.

The Miller departure frees up a roster spot and a visa spot, although when considering any potential signings- it’s important to keep in mind the ACL visa rules which as things stand will see 1 of Broich, Kurtishi, Henrique or Solórzano miss out. It’s also worth remembering that the FFA are currently planning on reducing the visa players from 5 to 4 next year in order to try and get more young Australian players a chance. If they do go out and bring somebody in, hopefully it’s a striker who can score the goals because at the moment it seems like that is a bit of a problem. More on that, and the visa rule at a later time.

Miller’s departure would be a lot more keenly felt if it were for the absolute depth in the midfield that Brisbane currently possesses. His departure should see the chance for youngsters like Devante Clut and George Lambadaridis to press for a first team opportunity while it also paves the way for Adam Sarota to come into the side if he can get himself fit.

It’s important however to remember Liam’s contribution here in Brisbane, where he became the 95th player to wear the Brisbane shirt, playing 24 games all up, chipping in with three goals. Despite suffering some niggling injuries he provided balance to the midfield and was a regular starter in last years Premiership and Championship side. Thanks for being apart of a Championship winning team Liam, we’ll be following your career in the future.

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