SWINDON midfielder Tommy Miller could be forgiven for feeling his age when he lines up against some familiar faces when the Robins take on Colchester tonight.
Miller, who turned 34 in January, played alongside John McGreal and Fabian Wilnis during his time at Ipswich, with the pair now retired and part of the Colchester coaching staff with a particular focus on the club’s centre of excellence.
One product from that system is 17-year-old winger Drey Wright, who himself is a familiar face to Miller having also played alongside the wide man’s father, Jermaine, for the Tractor Boys from 2001 to 2004.
Wright has been tipped to go on and have a successful career in football, and although his presence on the pitch will make him fell old, Miller is looking forward to seeing some old friends.
“I spoke to John McGreal a few weeks back, and he and Fabian are great lads who I played with at Ipswich, and I played with Clinton Morrison at Sheffield Wednesday as well,” he said.
“Drey Wright scored for Colchester the other day, and he is Jermaine Wright’s son, so that makes me feel very old because I played with him at Ipswich too.
“It will be nice to see everyone and have a laugh with them after the game, but we will need to watch out for Drey because he is highly rated.
“I remember when he used to come and watch his dad play for us, so it is going to be very strange to play against him because I used to play with his dad.”
Meanwhile, Miller has admitted the Swindon Town squad will be on something of a revenge mission when they travel to the Weston Homes Community Stadium.
When the two sides met at the County Ground earlier in the season a 25-yard free-kick from former Town man Michael Rose secured all three points for the East Anglian side, in a game where the Robins were punished for failing to take their chances.
“When Colchester came here they had a new manager which gave everyone a lift, and they got the result so we owe them one really,” he said.
“We are always disappointed to lose any game and we were majorly disappointed that day, so it would be great to go there and turn them over because they came to our patch and beat us.”