Two former Carshalton Athletic colleagues now have the chance to play together professionally as the January transfer window moves towards its conclusion, writes James Barrett-Sterling.
Rotherham United forward Mickel Miller, whom scored 55 goals in 155 appearances for Carshalton before being signed by Hamilton Academical in 2018, has agreed a loan move to Northampton Town this month after finding his opportunities in South Yorkshire limited.
Miller has reportedly been a long-term target of Town boss Keith Curle and the 25-year old has joined the struggling League One outfit until the end of the season.
And he was welcomed by good friend and ex-Carshalton colleague Ricky Korboa whom, after scoring 57 goals for the Robins across seven seasons, made the step up with Northampton last summer.
“It’s been great seeing Ricky again. It’s amazing to think we both came through the ranks at Carshalton and had our dreams of becoming professional come true,” Miller said.
“It would be sick to play alongside him in a competitive match. It would be like old times and I hope we get that chance.
“But, more importantly, I hope to get as much game time as I can so I can help the team create and score goals.”
Miller has made nine appearances for Rotherham so far this season but the forward revealed the decision to go out on loan was amicable.
“The season has been a strange one for everyone, with no fans around and games being called off, but I was just feeling a little bit frustrated,” Miller added.
“I had a chat with the gaffer (Paul Warne) and he understood I simply wanted to play, so I’ve gone with his blessing and I know Rotherham will be keeping tabs on me.”
Miller’s new manager has been keeping tabs on him for a good while and that was another reason the forward, who can play anywhere across the front line, was happy to join The Cobblers.
“Northampton tried to sign me from Hamilton last year so I’d spoken to Keith before,” revealed Miller.
“We get along well and I believe in what he’s trying to do at the club. I took those things into consideration and I hope I can help Northampton achieve their aims.”
Korboa’s professional career at Northampton began well as the forward contributed two goals and two assists in his first six appearances, but injuries have since hampered his progress.
The pair aren’t the only Carshalton graduates currently plying their trade in the Football League – both Millwall midfielder Jed Wallace and Bolton defender Liam Gordon began their fledgling careers at Colston Avenue.