With his contract up in the summer, the former Scotland international agreed to end his time in Vancouver.
Updated at 6:05 p.m. EDT
VANCOUVER – The future of Kenny Miller as a Vancouver Whitecaps player was decided on Sunday, as the experienced striker mutually agreed to part ways with the MLS club.
Signed as Vancouver's fourth Designated Player in the summer of 2012, Miller leaves Whitecaps FC after registering 13 goals and three assists in 43 total appearances that spanned three MLS campaigns. This season, the 34-year-old had three goals and an assist in nine appearances for Robinson's squad.
"I've thoroughly enjoyed my time (in Vancouver)," Miller said during a conference call with reporters on Sunday afternoon. "I really enjoyed working with the boss (Carl Robinson) and the coaches this season. I'm sure they will take the club forward. For me, the club wanted to go in one direction and I wanted to go in another direction, so I think it's worked out for everybody."
Miller's future in Vancouver had been the topic of regular debate recently, with his MLS contract due to expire next month. The striker revealed that he held regular discussions with the Whitecaps in recent weeks, but that the offer of a contract extension was not forthcoming.
"There wasn't an offer on the table," Miller said. "There were a lot of discussions between myself and the boss for the last two to three months. We discussed my role in the team and the (contract) security I wanted for my family. After speaking with the boss, I think it was in the best interest of everybody that we find an agreement, so that I can pursue the next stage of my career, while the club can continue to make the progress it’s making under Robbo (Robinson)."
During his time with the 'Caps, Miller had been linked with a return to his native Scotland, and in particular his former club Rangers FC. However, the veteran forward stated that no discussions have taken place with the Old Firm outfit.
"There's nothing in place, as yet," Miller said of his next move. "What this (move) does is gives me six to seven weeks to get a holiday with the family, then sit down with my agent, who can earn his money and hopefully find us a new club, come the 1st of July. I won't rule anything out. It's just a case of my agent getting down to work and finding us a new home."
As a Designated Player, Miller's departure will free up a significant amount of salary cap space for the Whitecaps. This season, the striker was expected to make $940,000 as guaranteed compensation.
With a new striker now on his list of targets, Robinson stressed that finding the right attacking fit for his young squad will be the priority.
"I'm looking in the category of a striker that is 25, 26 to 30," the former Wales international said during Sunday's conference call to reporters. "I think that's the platform that I want to try and build. It's not about building for this year, it's about building over the next three, four, five years with the young exciting talent we've got. If we feel it's right to add to this group of young players, then we'll make a move. If it's not quite right, then I'm happy to go with these young players at the moment."