Kirk Millar programme article

Posted : 13th September 2014

Kirk thrilled to be back on his home patch – by Roy McGivern

New signing Kirk Millar spoke to Look at Linfield after last week’s big game against Cliftonville at Solitude. The talented winger returned to Linfield in August this year and has made quite an impression in the six league games he has played so far.

“It is great to be back at the club but it has taken me a while to adjust. It’s a different type of game in the Irish League and the matches have been played at a very high tempo. I think I am starting to get used to the pace now and am finding my feet. It was great to make a contribution in the wins against Glentoran, Coleraine and Dungannon and I also thoroughly enjoyed my first experience of Solitude. It was a very tough game against Cliftonville but we worked really hard as a team and battled right to the end of the game for a point. We deserved to get something out of the game and a draw was a decent return for us.”

Kirk is very familiar with the set-up at Windsor Park having progressed through the Linfield Academy. He made his first team debut as a substitute against Portadown in December 2008 before signing for Oldham in June 2009.

“It was exciting to make my debut for the club as a 16 year old but I suppose I was only learning the game back then. I am a much more experienced player now having enjoyed five years in English football. I suppose that Linfield is also a very different club now with a new manager and so many new players.”

The 22 year old made 38 appearances for Oldham scoring one goal against Leyton Orient in the final game of the 2012/13 season. He has also made 10 appearances for the Northern Ireland Under-21 side so it is understandable why manager Warren Feeney was keen to secure his signature before the start of the season.

“When you return home from full-time football you want to go the biggest club and play at the highest level that you can. For me it was an easy choice to sign for Linfield although I had offers from other clubs. I am really looking forward to getting back to Windsor Park for our first home game of the season and it has been tough to play all our games on the road.”

Linfield have made a steady start to the season and will be looking to take maximum advantage from the next two games at home. Millar is anticipating a successful season for him and his team-mates but acknowledges that it will be a tough challenge to capture the league title.

“We are very much in contention although it is still very early in the season. There is plenty of football to be played but I am really excited to be part of this new look Linfield side. There is quality throughout the side and when everyone is fit there will be real competition for places. I don’t really have a preferred position although the manager has been using me as part of a front three in recent games. “

Following the Cliftonville game Millar was scheduled to join up with the Under 21 squad for a tough game against Serbia in the European Championship qualifiers.

“It is always good to play for your country at any level. The squad meets up on Saturday and then we face Serbia at home on Tuesday at Shamrock Park. I played in the game out in Serbia back in October and we were unfortunate to lose 3-1 after a few individual errors. But hopefully we can put that right on Tuesday and get a good result.”

The main focus for Kirk though is the game against Warrenpoint Town this afternoon. It is clear that he is a player who is pleased to be back home and Linfield fans will be hoping for a big contribution from him this season.

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