Miles Ahead


There are so many stories about professionals who can never seem to stay fit, who succumb to niggles, or who are just luckless enough to have their career blighted or shortened.  There aren’t so many stories like Miles Addison‘s.

Having been plagued with a foot injury last season (which was clearly affecting him when he played a massive part as Derby kept a clean sheet at St James’ Park), Miles went to the United States for major surgery and his 2010/11 season was totally written off by the club. Except that nobody told The Beast.

The revision to his return date has gone – ‘we don’t expect to see him next season’ to ‘we might see him towards the end of the season’, ‘he could be back by January’ , ‘December’ , ‘in the squad for reserve game v Sheffield Wednesday, 26th October’. By all accounts, Miles has been working like a demon to get fit again.

I’ve stopped using pictures in posts, because it’s a copyright infringement unless you have direct permission or credit the owner.  The owner is credited in the above image of Miles wearing the Three Lions of England.

I don’t know about you, but it makes me very proud to see a Derby County youth product in an England shirt, even at under-21 level. Of course, I believe that Miles could go on and become our first full England international since the days of Seth Johnson and Chris Powell, but then, I’m biased. More importantly, the player is going nowhere – there can be no repeat of the hideous situation that transpired with Tom Huddlestone.

Miles didn’t play in the reserve game against the Owls, but is training again and is pencilled in for the next reserve fixture. I can’t wait to see him back in the first team.

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