Miller Ross, 10, caught the eye of a Sheffield United scout whilst attending our Manchester event back in October and was subsequently invited to trial with the Premier League side’s development squad.
Talking with Miller’s father, Martin, we asked him for more information regarding the young midfielder’s football history. He explained: “He’s been playing football for three years now and he’s gone from strength to strength, he’s doing really well.”
“When he was playing for his grassroots team he would win ‘Player Of The Year’ and other trophies. That’s down to how strong a player he is; he’s the engine of the team, he never stops running.”
He continued: “Miller has been in with clubs previously. Some he enjoyed, some he didn’t.”
“He’s been in with Leeds at under 9’s where he was asked to come back for further sessions. However, we were advised by a friend of mine who is a scout to just let him enjoy his football, learn the game and develop as a player.”
As well as playing grassroots football, Miller also receives further training. Martin told us: “He is in a set up at the moment which is led by three coaches from Manchester City. They play a few matches now and again but it is predominantly training sessions.”
Having had pro club opportunities previously, we were curious as to why Miller attended our event. His Father told us: “I brought him to your trial session as I just felt that Miller was ready to play in front of scouts.”
“There were lads as old as 14 in his session but even then, he put himself about, got stuck in and caught the eye of Stuart the Sheffield United scout.”
He continued: “He has so much energy and a willingness to learn that most kids don’t have. I see him as a James Milner type of player; he doesn’t have all the skills in the world but he will do exactly what you want him to do and he’ll do it to the best of his abilities.”
Moving on to his sessions with Sheffield United, Martin told us: “Miller’s been training with Sheffield United’s development squad at their academy centre. He attended his first session and did really well. He now has six further one-and-a-half-hour training sessions with them.”
“Although we haven’t had much feedback from the coaches you know your child is getting a great training session and the facilities are second to none so it’s a great experience for him.” He added.
Finally, we asked Martin what advice Miller would have for players just like himself. He told us: “Miller would say to never give up, if you want something you have to work hard for it.”