Sampson to discuss terms with Miller

Steelmen Win: Corby: Corby Town FC Vs Northampton Town FC ''Pre-season friendly 'Ricky Miller number 9 scores for Corby''Saturday 21st July 2012
Steelmen Win: Corby: Corby Town FC Vs Northampton Town FC ''Pre-season friendly 'Ricky Miller number 9 scores for Corby''Saturday 21st July 2012

Corby Town boss Ian Sampson says he will sit down with star striker Ricky Miller following Monday night’s friendly clash with Premier League Stoke City to try and thrash out a deal to keep the player at Steel Park.

Miller has yet to put pen to paper on a deal with the Steelmen, but he was hugely impressive in Saturday’s excellent 2-1 win over npower League Two side Northampton Town.

Miller scored both goals in an electrifying first-half display, showing great tenacity to dispossess Cobblers goalkeeper Neal Kitson for the first, and then great quality to hammer home a right-foot volley for the second.

Miller was taken off at half-time to keep him fresh for the visit of Stoke tonight, and Sampson admits he would love to tie him down to a permanent deal with the Steelmen.

“Ricky is certainly making it difficult for me not to sign him on,” said the Corby boss.

“I am very happy with what he has done, he is a busy player and is a real pest, and that is off the field as well!

“He really makes it difficult for defenders. I asked him to make the two Northampton centre-backs’ life a misery on Saturday and he did.

“He will run in behind, and he is one of those players that thinks he will score every time he plays.

“So we will sit down with him after Monday’s game and try and work something out.”

Sampson fielded 20 players in Saturday’s showdown with the Cobblers, but with only half of those committed to the club, he knows he still has a lot of work to do before the Blue Square North season gets underway.

“There are probably about 10 signed on from the whole squad that played on Saturday,” said Sampson.

“We will get the Stoke game out of the way and then hopefully tie a few more down, but they have got to try and impress me again on Monday. Nothing is cut and dry yet for any of them.”

Two key players in the first half against Northampton at the weekend were former Cobblers pair Andy Holt and Jason Crowe.

Both are massively experienced Football League campaigners, and although Sampson would love to see them stay at Corby, he says he will not wait indefinitely.

“I am still waiting on them,” he said.

“I am giving them as long as I can, but there will come a time when we have to make a decision on whether we let them go or whether they want to commit.

“That could be another week. It will be great if we can get them, but we’ll have to wait and see.”