MIDFIELDER Tommy Miller welcomes Sheffield Wednesday manager Gary Megson’s honesty.
Megson told the Owls captain on Friday morning before training he had to leave him out of the starting line-up at table-topping Brighton and Hove Albion for contractual reasons.
Initially, it was believed he missed out on the trip because of hamstring niggle he picked up against Tranmere Rovers last week.
But, it has emerged Wednesday are close to activating a clause in Miller’s contract, meaning the club would have to offer him a new one-year deal.
“Gary has been perfectly honest with me and I appreciate that,” said Miller, whose deal runs out in the summer.
“He told me before training that he has got to start pulling me out of games because of the contract situation. He could easily have not picked me at Brighton and said I was struggling with an injury.
“He could have disguised it but he has been open and honest about it to the press and I appreciate that.”
Miller still opted to travel down with the rest of the squad to Brighton.
He watched from the sidelines as a first-half penalty from Chris Wood and a stunning long-range effort from Elliott Bennett inflicted a 12th away defeat of the campaign on Wednesday.
He said: “I did have the option of staying behind but I wanted to go and support the team.
“Unfortunately, I couldn’t play and it was very disappointing.”
Miller, who grabbed a brace against Rovers to take his tally for the season to nine goals, added: “I’m out of contract shortly so I would like to get my future sorted out as soon as possible.
“You don’t want it to be dragging on into the summer when you are on your holidays.
“If they (Wednesday) want me, great, but if they don’t I’d rather be told sooner rather than later.
“There are still five games left and I want to play as many of them as possible.”
Megson slammed his “Jekyll and Hyde” team after their below-par showing at the runaway leaders and he could not hide his frustration at having to omit Miller.
“I said two weeks ago that some of the things that go on at the football club beggar belief and that (Miller’s contract) is one of them,” he said.