From the PDL to EPL: Colin Miller

Colin Miller, the longtime coach of the PDL's Abbotsford Rangers, was hired as the first team assistant coach for the newly promoted English Premiership club Derby County.

The former Canadian international and one-time interim head coach of the Canadian men's national team was introduced by Derby County to media on Tuesday following the announcement that longtime friend Billy Davies, a former teammate of Miller's with Glasgow Rangers, received a contract extension to 2010 after leading his club to the top flight in his first season with the team.

"I'm working in the best league in the world," Miller told the Abbotsford News prior to his departure. "I've been working to get to this sort of level for a long time, and now I've gotten the opportunity. I'm delighted to get the chance -- it doesn't happen often to people. I'm just thankful that all the work I've been doing in Abbotsford has been paying off."

The Scottish-born Miller joined the Abbotsford club in 2003 and has slowly built the club into a competitive side in the Northwest Division and made the youth club into one of the leading developers of talent in Canada. Abbotsford youth teams have qualified for the Super Y-League North American Finals six out of seven years under his guidance after joining the club in 2000.

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