Football future up in the air for promising player Miller
JORDAN Miller doesn't know what to do next.
The talented 20-year-old received the news on Tuesday night that his club, CQFC Energy, was no longer.
Effective immediately, the club had its National Premier League licence revoked and would take no further part in the 2014 competition.
"Everyone is pretty gutted. A lot of the boys didn't see it coming," Miller said yesterday.
"It's just so disappointing being part of all this when I was hoping to have a good season in the NPL and push my name forward."
For Miller, who works as an apprentice locksmith with his father at Miller-Scott - The Master Engraver in Rockhampton, it's a massive blow to his aspirations of playing in the A-League competition.
"It's a tough one because I want to play NPL and (Rockhampton) is a long way away from the nearest team," Miller said.
"I'm probably a bit more disappointed for the juniors coming through who don't have a representative team to aspire to."
A Frenchville junior, Miller has been a shining light for the Energy for a number of seasons and doesn't want to be lost to the sport.
He was yesterday considering his options, but wasn't rushing into anything.
"I don't know what to do yet. I'm going to have a bit of a think about it over the next week or so," said Miller, who scored a goal in the Energy's 7-2 loss to Brisbane Strikers on Saturday night.
"I hope at some point in time that the CQ region can get another NPL team because it's needed in the area.
"We're so secluded in terms of football here, we're eight hours away from Townsville and then seven (hours) from the south east corner."
CQFC captain Tolu Kayode said he hoped talented players like Miller weren't lost to the sport.
"Jordan is a great talent and in my opinion he should be playing in the A-League already. I'm gutted for players like him," he said.
The life and times of CQFC Energy.
October 2012: After years of the Capricorn Cougars representing CQ in the Queensland State League, Football Queensland gives the licence for the region for the new Australian Premier League competition to a new group headed by Sherylene Stevens.
December 2012: Stevens tenders her resignation to CQFC chief executive Tony Zanda, giving the club a glowing endorsement as it prepares for its maiden season.
December 2012: Central Queensland Rugby Union and CQFC Energy's partnership where they will both play games at Rugby Park is described as a "match made in heaven".
February 2013: Former Labour Party heavyweight and long-term state politician Robert Schwarten announces his acceptance of a position on the CQFC Energy board.
March 2013: After Rugby Park is unplayable because of the recent flood, the Energy gets a rude awakening losing 7-0 to the Sunshine Coast Fire in their inaugural match at Jardine Park.
April 2013: Outgoing CQFC head coach and technical director Joe Fenech is adamant his shock resignation was not something he wanted, but something forced upon him.
June 2013: New coach Ray Wood jets in to take the reins at the club.
June 2013: Steve Grant hits the ground after stepping into the CEO's shoes following the stepping down of former CEO Zanda.
August 2013: Despite a turnaround of fortunes on the field, Robert Schwarten, now chairman, says the club's licence is at risk with members owing $20,000 in fees. Board members meet with Football Queensland CEO Geoff Foster in Rockhampton to lay their cards on the table.
February 2014: The Energy lose their season opener 3-2 at home to South-West Thunder.
March 2014: Football Queensland announces the club has had its licence pulled for breaching set criteria.