Gateshead boss Ian Bogie plays down Tommy Miller hope

Tommy Miller
Tommy Miller made 63 appearances for the Owls before his release in May

Gateshead boss Ian Bogie has played down the likelihood of a deal to sign former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Tommy Miller.

Miller, 32, left the Owls at the end of last season, and has been offered the chance to return to his native north east with the Tynesiders.

"Tommy is a long shot, but we are interested," Bogie told BBC Newcastle.

"If a Football League club comes along, Tommy will want to play at the highest level and we have to appreciate that."

Bogie added: "He's an experienced and very good footballer who is attracting interest from League One and League Two clubs because of his pedigree."

Born in Shotton Colliery, Miller made his name with Hartlepool United, and lists Ipswich, Sunderland, Preston and Wednesday as his former clubs.

Since making his debut for Pools against Chester in October 1997, he has made 481 appearances, scoring 106 goals.

Meanwhile Gateshead have handed trials to Chris Moore, who was released by Darlington at the end of the previous campaign, former Mansfield Town midfielder Kyle Nix and ex-Hibernian defender Ewan Moyes.

"It's up to those players to force my hand, to say that they're worth a contract at this club," Bogie added.

"On the training pitch as a professional footballer it's dog-eat-dog, you're striving to be better than your team-mate next to you, and there's got to be a competitive edge.

"Those players, as I've said to them in the dressing room, have to strive to be in the starting line-up when the season starts on 13 August."