Vancouver Whitecaps hand Miller six-month extension

The 33-year-old Scotsman is now under contract with the Canadian club until June 2014. His original deal was set to expire following the current MLS campaign.
Kenny Miller's contract with the Vancouver Whitecaps has been extended through June 2014, the club announced on Wednesday.

“This is an important move for our club and speaks to the value we place on continuity as we continue to build,” Whitecaps head coach Martin Rennie said in a club press release. “Kenny is a great leader and his contributions both on and off the pitch have been instrumental to the success of our team. It's an exciting time for the club and we look forward to a strong finish to the 2013 campaign."

The 33-year-old striker joined the MLS side as a Designated Player in July 2012, after a long career in Europe that included stints with Rangers, Celtic, Cardiff City, Wolverhampton and Bursaspor. He has scored eight goals in 26 league appearances with Vancouver so far.

After a slow transition to North American soccer, Miller became one of Rennie's main threats in 2013, forming a dangerous attacking trio with league-leading goalscorer Camilo and young Canadian Russell Teibert. the Scotsman has tallied six goals so far this year, with four of those being game winners.

“I’m delighted to sign a contract extension with the Whitecaps,” Miller said. “I’ve really enjoyed my time in Vancouver and so has my family. The fans here are unbelievable, the club is always very professional, and I think we have a special group of players.”

Miller has continued to play for the Scottish national side during his time with the 'Caps, and he'll be looking for his 69th cap when he joins Gordon Strachan's side for a friendly against England at Wembley Stadium next month.