Miley happy to extend stay with Eastleigh stay
CAVAGHN MILEY will continue to fight for a long-term career in football next season, after extending his stay with Eastleigh FC.
The former Muratti captain, who moved to the south coast last August, has agreed a new 12-month deal with the National League club after becoming a mainstay in their matchday squad.
Miley made 34 starts in the fifth tier between September and April, having proved his worth on an initial trial, and has now pledged to maintain his commitment to ongoing development.
‘I’m over the moon,’ said the 23-year-old, who is set to fly from Jersey to Ireland this weekend to play for England C.
‘When I first went there it was for a three-month trial so they could have a look at me and give me time to settle. Fair play to them for giving me that opportunity, and all I wanted to do was make sure I’d be there for the season and play as much as I can. I never thought I’d play as many games as I did.
‘Because of my situation – coming from Jersey – I’m still new to it all, and next year it will be the same. I’m the first to admit that I’ve still got a lot to learn.
‘It will be a big season next year. I need to play as many games, if not more than I did last year, play consistent football and push on to keep getting better and keep developing.’
Miley is one of 13 Eastleigh players kept on for 2018/19, and the former St Paul’s midfielder is eyeing improvements for the club as a whole after their 14th-place finish this term.
‘A few people have been released, but a few new players will be coming in in my position, which will keep pushing me on and make me work harder,’ he said.
‘We know we should have finished higher than we did this year. For whatever reason we didn’t do that, but next year is a new year and hopefully it will be a big one for Eastleigh.’
While he will no doubt hold ambitions to make his switch to professional football permanent, the Jerseyman is refusing to let his focus stray too far beyond summer 2019.
‘When I left here I had just been working, so to play football as a job at any standard, whether it’s for one or two years, is a privilege,’ he said.
‘I’m really happy at the minute and I’m just going to keep pushing to see where it goes.’