Miller rejects O`s

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JUSTIN MILLER has shunned a permanent switch to Leyton Orient to concentrate on breaking into Ipswich Town's first team.

The South African defender has spent the past three months on loan at Brisbane Road and The O's were keen to prolong his stay in the capital.

But the 22-year-old has opted to return to Portman Road in search of his Ipswich bow, after impressing in the Third Division.

Miller, though, refused to rule out quitting Ipswich if he fails to secure a first team spot, particularly with his contract expiring in the summer.

"Orient offered me a contract and in a lot of ways I would liked to have stayed but I'm settled in Ipswich and I need to give that a go," said Miller.

"The new manager has not even seen me play yet so now that I'm back I intend to impress him and try and break into the first team squad

"I will give it two months with Ipswich to see where I stand. I don't really want to hang around if I'm not going to be offered a new contract."

Ipswich manager Joe Royle will take the opportunity to hand Miller his chance in the First Division after hearing glowing reports of his time with The O's.

Royle said: "We want to take a good look at Justin. By all reports he has done very well at Leyton Orient and that league experience will be very beneficial to him."

Meanwhile, Orient striker Gary Fletcher has re-joined nearby Conference side Dagenham & Redbridge on loan for a further two months following a previous four-week spell with the Victoria Road outfit.

In other news, Barnet's appeal against a Conference ruling to allow the club to ground-share with The O's at their Brisbane Road home next season has been rejected by the FA.

The Bees have been looking for an alternative home after the Football League told the club that they would not allow them to re-enter the league unless improvements were made to their Underhill Stadium ground.