Kirk Millar - 'over the moon' to continue his career at Windsor Park
Posted : 27th January 2016
Kirk Millar speaks of his delight at signing new extended contract with Linfield.
"I was 'over the moon' to have been offered a new extended contract with the biggest club in the country, so I was delighted to agree to sign on the dotted line for another 2 years.
I now want to get my head down and work hard to prove my worth, as I want to extend my stay at Linfield beyond the expiry of this new contract.
I'm happy with my form at present, as I feel I'm playing with confidence. I think I've played in nearly all the games since the manager arrived at the club and he has really given me lots of encouragement and confidence. I feel that I've been growing in confidence with the more game time I've been benefiting from in recent weeks.
Being offered this new contract has given a further lift and boost to my confidence and it's great to get my future settled and end any uncertainty. I'm delighted to get my future sorted now, as all I want to do is concentrate on playing football and helping the club to be as successful as possible.
We have a lot to play for this season. We are on a good run of league form of late and we want to push on and put as much pressure as possible on the league leaders. We have to win as many of our remaining games as possible and be ready to take advantage of any slips by the leaders. Certainly, we believe that we can finish our league season strongly and we want to finish as high up the league table as we possibly can.
The Irish Cup is also a top priority for us this season and we want to make up for the recent disappointment in the County Antrim Shield final, by succeeding in the remaining and premier knock out cup competition.
The manager has done a great job since he came into the club. He's settled into the role well and the squad have taken on all that he's been trying to get across to us all. He's thoroughly professional and hungry for success and that can only rub off on the players and benefit the club.
The competition for places here is immense but that's what's needed at clubs like Linfield which are expected to be constantly chasing major honours. We have Ross Clarke coming back from injury and Stephen Lowry not far away from a return to action and their availability will boost the squad and give the manager more options. The competition for places keeps you on your toes and drives you on to play better to impress the manager and coaches.
Young Paul Smyth has been excellent since he came into the team. He's sharp and he's quick and he's been like a breath of fresh air around the place. He provides us with an outlet up front and Andy Waterworth and him have been working well together. It's good that he got that goal at Ballymena on Saturday, as forwards thrive on goals and that one will drive him on more and more.
It's great for the young players in our Academy seeing young players like Paul getting an opportunity in our first team. We have so many players who've come through the Academy system, so it shows that the foundations of the club are sound and the future secure. The manager has put his faith in young players and seeing Academy recruits such as Niall Quinn, Ross Clarke, the Glendinnings, Aaron Burns, Paul Smyth and others graduate into the first team can only inspire, motivate and encourage others to want to follow in their footsteps."