Ricky Miller has capped off his memorable season in style, being named as the Skrill North’s Player of the Season.
And the award will be even sweeter for the striker as it was voted for by the teams whose defences he terrorised during the past season.
Miller scored 28 goals in his first season back at the Jakemans Stadium with Boston United, with 24 of those finishes coming in league action.
Therefore, it came as little surprise that his rivals recognised his goalscoring abilities, mixed with his strength, dribbling abilities and overall attacking play.
But with Miller currently out of contract, Boston boss Dennis Greene is eager for his top marksman to turn down advances from other clubs and pledge his future to the Pilgrims.
And teammate Jamie McGhee has also entered the debate, calling on the forward to stay with United.
“Ricky’s a great player and everyone wants him to be at the club next season,” he said.
“He proved what a good player he is last season.
“But it’s not just his goals, all the other lads in the dressing like Ricky and we want to have him around off the pitch too.”
Miller was named as the Skrill North’s top player at the Conference League’s annual dinner at Newport’s Celtic Manor on Saturday, with club chairman David Newton accepting the award on the forward’s behalf.
Last season truly was a breakthrough year for Miller.
The youngster first joined the club at the tail end of the 2008-09 season, after being brought in by then-maangaer Steve Welsh.
Then a talented teenager, although a little rough around the edges, Miller scored six times in 12 matches - including a hat-trick against Prescot Cables - to help the Pilgrims avoid relegation from the UniBond Premier.
But at the end of the season, Welsh was replaced by Rob Scott and Paul Hurst, who opted to let Miller leave.
While Boston won promotion back to the Conference North, Miller had spells with a number of clubs, including Corby Town, Spalding United and Stamford, for whom he scored a dramatic winner in last season’s Evo-Stik Division One South play-off final.
Last summer Greene decided to take a chance on the young striker, who he described as a ‘rough diamond’, bringing him back to United on a non-contract basis.
But after a stunning solo goal against Mansfield Town in pre-season, plus a storming start to the league campaign, which included a goal during the Pilgrims’ campaign-opening 4-1 victory at Stockport County, he was soon handed a contract until the end of the season.
Of Miller’s 28 goals last season, nine came from the penalty spot.
He only failed to convert once from 12 yards, a sliced effort against Stalybridge Celtic.
Miller also grabbed three hat-tricks last season, at the expense of Workington, Solihull Moors and Barrow.
Miller’s performances also impressed the United fans, whovoted him last season’s Player of the Year.