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Dec 23, 2009

Close mates set for A-League battle

Charlie Miller used to steal Craig Moore's newspaper when they were neighbours playing for rival clubs in Scotland.

On Boxing Day, Miller, now wearing Gold Coast United colours, will try to steal a goal or two on his former Brisbane Roar teammate and Socceroo defender in their A-League local derby at Skilled Park.

The pair climbed into the ring and donned the boxing gloves for a publicity shoot at Ashmore PCYC on Wednesday but there were more laughs and wise cracks than punches thrown.

It will be different on the field with both players promising to put aside their 17 year friendship for a clash which is vital to the Gold Coast's bid for a top two spot and Brisbane's quest to stay in the top six.

Miller, a key member of Brisbane's side until a falling out with new coach Ange Postecoglou led him to the Gold Coast this month, admits he is expecting some verbal exchanges from his ex-teammates on Saturday night.

"Of course that's going to come," smiled Miller, no stranger to the art of sledging.

"I'll probably be giving as much as I get, there'll probably be a good bit of banter."

Miller tried to play down his rift with Postecoglou which led to him clearing out his locker, saying the split had been amicable.

"I wanted to leave, I didn't feel as if things were going to go my way," he said.

"I wanted out and Ange let me go."

Miller denied any bad feelings between the two.

"Certainly not. I spoke to him (Postecoglou) face to face. Both of us are adults you know.

"It was better for me to leave."

Moore backed Miller's decision saying an unhappy player was always better to move on.

"In Charlie's situation he felt it wasn't for him," said a supportive Moore.

"He was always going to get another club and he was better off cutting his loses."

The two have played against each other in Scotland where Miller made sure he got one up on Moore before he even got on the pitch.

"I played against him before when he was at Rangers and I was with Dundee," said Miller.

"We were neighbours, I used to steal his newspaper out of his letter box every morning."

Gold Coast officials are hoping Miller's appearance against his old club will help ensure a 10,000-plus crowd for the clash.

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