Danny Cowley confirmed that The Imps were interested in striker Ricky Miller, and it seems that Dover are not going to let him go without a struggle.
Chris Kinnear hit out yesterday at news that we were interested in Miller and he is obviously reluctant to let his top striker go. Chairman Jim Parmenter is in no mood to deal with Lincoln either.
Dover are still fuming about the way Lincoln signed Sean Raggett and they don’t want to lose another top player to a play off rival. Given his display at the weekend it is easy to see why. He’s quick and has an acute eye for goal and he’s a proven goal scorer at this level.
Dover are hoping that giving him a chance after his arrest and subsequent acquittal that they’ve built up enough good will with the player for him to remain loyal. However after defeat on Tuesday against Dagenham perhaps Miller spies a better route to league football in red and white?
Dover fans reacted badly to news we were interested in their player with Lincoln being labelled as classless on some internet forums. It is interesting to see how one perceives class as many Imps fans feel exactly the same about the club from the south coast.
Dover fans believe that Danny has a vendetta against Dover that stems from their clashes in the National League South and it’s alleged their has never been any love lost between Danny and Kinnear. There’s a feeling that they will continue to reject advances based as much on the fact it is Lincoln City making them as it is not wanting to lose Miller.
Miller has been out of the Dover team and was reportedly unsettled before banging in a hat trick against Forest Green. A dismissal on the opening day ruled him out with a suspension and he’s found starts hard to come by since then. However he is a loved figure at the Crabble and his omission is the source of frustration for the home fans.
The recent news could force Chris Kinnear to play his striker more if he is to convince him to say with Dover. If that is the case then the speculation may actually be helping the player get the game time he craves, and if he stays in form he might decide a move higher than Lincoln but still close to home is possible.
Indeed if Kinnear leaves him out of the side it will prompt speculation that they may be prepared to sell and by the sound of his voice on the radio yesterday I doubt very much that he is wanting to do business. All the fervent speculation could well be to Dover’s advantage, especially with them to play in just over a weeks time.