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Miller against Roar will pull a crowd

Regardless of whose story you believe, Charlie Miller's Boxing Day showdown with his former A-League coach Ange Postecoglou and Brisbane Roar teammates looms as a must-see event.

And after their dwindling home crowds, the Gold Coast will be hoping their new pick-up can pull more than 10,000 fans to Skilled Park for a local derby which promises to be loaded with spice.

As well as Miller's exit from the Roar, there's some past comments about Brisbane under former coach Frank Farina from colourful United manager Miron Bleiberg.

The previous two clashes, both won by the Gold Coast, have featured 15 yellow cards, highlighting the feeling which exists between the two clubs, especially after the Coast boasted they would go through their first A-League season unbeaten.

Miller started off the bench for Brisbane in the round one 3-1 loss but missed the 1-0 return loss in October when he was out injured.

The highly skilled 33-year-old reportedly cleaned out his locker and walked out on the Roar earlier this month after Postecoglou refused to guarantee him a role in the club's 2010 plans.

The one-game Scottish international drove down the highway where Bleiberg was waiting with open arms to welcome him.

Miller delivered the goods for Gold Coast fans in his first Skilled Park appearance with a 76th-minute strike putting them up 2-0 against Perth.

After his debut the previous week when he clicked instantly with skipper Jason Culina, the pair again looked like long-time teammates against the Glory.

"Charlie Miller is a fantastic player and a great person," said Culina of his new teammate.

"As soon as I stepped on the field against Newcastle I felt a connection with him, he gives us a lot of extra penetration."

Miller is a great foil for Culina and a big bonus for crack marksman Shane Smeltz, whose 15th goal in 17 games against Perth at the weekend came courtesy of a majestic piece of Miller magic.

Afterwards, Miller did his best to keep the lid on any talk of seeking revenge against his old club or Postecoglou next weekend.

Even Bleiberg, never backward about taking pot shots at rivals or opposing clubs, was subdued about Miller going up against the club that was happy to let him walk out the door.

"I will stay aside," said a cagey Bleiberg, who no doubt will fire a few shots at Brisbane later in the week.

"It will be Charles' (Millers) day."


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