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Miller remains committed to Clachnacuddin despite moving back home to Western Isles

By Will Clark

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Eachainn Miller says he is prepared to go the distance to continue to play for Clachnacuddin after moving back to the Western Isles.

The 22-year-old is facing a four-hour trip from Carloway to Inverness just to play home matches for the Lilywhites after taking up a new job in communications for Western Isles Council.

The central midfielder graduated with first class honours in journalism from the University of Stirling and received a job back where he grew up.

Now, he is looking at leaving Stornoway by ferry on a Friday night and travelling from Ullapool to Inverness to play for the Merkinchers.

Eachainn Miller (right) in action for Clachnacuddin.
Eachainn Miller (right) in action for Clachnacuddin.

But he says he is committed to playing for the Lilywhiltes in the 2020/21 Highland League campaign.

“Travelling is going to be a big part of my life, but I am happy to do that,” he said.

“It is a three-hour ferry and from Ullapool to Inverness, you’re talking another hour in the car anyway and that is just for a home game.

“I have a friend in Inverness who is letting me stay over which allows me to make it work, which is appreciated. But I will never be able to do a game in a day any more, this is going to be my weekends from now on.”

Miller joined the Lilywhites from Lowland League club Stirling University last season and became a regular in the first team with some impressive performances.

Despite a disappointing campaign, he is looking to help the Merkinchers become a force again.

“We didn’t have many moments of glory last year, but when we do it is a special place to be and I haven’t been involved in that before,” he said.

“For me, it was an easy decision to sign on with Clachnacuddin again this year and I appreciate the support they gave me as well. It was frustrating last year, to be where we were and having to look at that table for so long.

“I want to look at Clachnacuddin in a much better position in the table and we can do it. Last season, when we turned up, we got decent results.If we get more consistency we can climb up the table.”

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