Ricky Miller says the hard work begins now - as he is desperate to prove he has what it takes to score goals in the Football League.
Last week Boston United’s 28-goal leading scorer and the Skrill North Player of the Year ended a summer of speculation as he announced he would not be staying with Boston United.
And, on Wednesday, the out-of-contract forward signed a one-year deal with League Two new boys Luton Town.
“All my life I’ve wanted to be a professional footballer, but now it’s time to step up,” Miller admitted.
“The hard work starts now. I’ve got to start all over again and prove that I’m good enough to be in Luton’s starting XI.”
Miller, originally from St Albans, said that the Hatters’ offer of full-time football, plus a move closer to home, was too good to turn down.
However, he was full of praise for the Pilgrims, stating boss Dennis Greene and last season’s teammates played a large part in him catching the eye of Luton manager John Still.
Miller, who attended United’s first pre-season training session to say his goodbyes continued: “Obviously, I’ll leave a big piece of me behind at Boston United.
“They are the club that gave me this platform and I feel sad to leave.
“I wanted to say goodbye to everyone and speak to the gaffer face to face. I wanted to tell him what I was doing and I wanted to thank him for everything.
“I also wanted to thank my teammates for playing a big part in my success and this move.”
Greene admits he would rather have held on to his striker for the upcoming campaign, but agrees with Miller’s sentiments.
He said: “Obviously, Ricky moves on with our best wishes.
“We thought he was going to sign for us, but then the Luton call comes and he decides to move there.
“I think he could have had another good season with us and proven what a top player he is.
“He goes to Luton having to prove himself again and force his way into the first team, which I don’t think would happen if he had another good year with Boston.
“Ricky trains really hard and looks forward to matches, so I don’t think he would be happy if he had to sit on the bench. So it’s up to him to get into the team.”
Last Tuesday Scott Garner officially signed for United and was instantly made club captain, following the departure of Ian Ross.
Speaking of Garner, who spent last season on loan at York Street from Cambridge United, Greene added: “Scotty was always going to sign for us, but it’s great to have it all sorted now.
“He’s a really top player, a good defender, and a great leader both on and off the pitch.”
Meanwhile, keeper Lewis King has left United.
Sam Vince is expected to keep goal for United’s pre-season matches, at least.