Scotland forward Kenny Miller has joined Major League Soccer outfit Vancouver Whitecaps as the club’s third “designated player”. Miller leaves Championship side Cardiff after just one season in Wales.
The 32-year-old began his career in his homeland with Hibernian, soon joining Rangers before moving south to sign for Wolverhampton Wanderers. Leaving Britain altogether in 2011 to sign for Turkish side Bursaspor, Miller failed to settle in his new surroundings and joined Cardiff just five months after landing in Bursa.
Having suffered a poor finish to the 2011-12 season as Cardiff failed to secure promotion, Miller has elected to join a league that contains a number of formerly world-class European footballers, including David Beckham, Torsten Frings, Thierry Henry, Robbie Keane and Arne Friedrich.
Indeed, Miller expressed his delight at joining the Canadian side, telling the club’s official website: “I’m delighted to be making this move to Major League Soccer and Vancouver Whitecaps FC. I have heard many great things about the club and the city of Vancouver, and have been impressed by the standard of MLS. To have the chance to continue my career in North America with Whitecaps FC is a fantastic opportunity for me and my family.”
Miller will also link up with compatriot and international team-mate Barry Robson – an arrangement that suits both parties. Having only joined Whitecaps himself earlier this month, Robson revealed “I told Kenny all about the club and he is excited about coming. He’s a top-quality player and everybody will be excited about his arrival.”
The pair will join Vancouver’s only other British player, Redditch-born midfielder Matt Watson, as the club compete in the second half of the 2012 Western Conference in which they currently lie in mid-table.