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Vancouver Whitecaps extend contract of Designated Player and Scotland international Kenny Miller

Kenny Miller

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The Vancouver Whitecaps are hunting for a spot in the Western Conference elite this season, and they've made sure their star striker is settled for the stretch run.

The club announced on Wednesday that Designated Player Kenny Miller has signed a six-month contract extension that will keep him in a Whitecaps uniform until at least June 2014.

“This is an important move for our club and speaks to the value we place on continuity as we grow,” said Vancouver head coach Martin Rennie in a club statement. “Kenny is a great leader and his contributions both on and off the pitch have been instrumental to the success of our team. It's an exciting time for the club and we look forward to a strong finish to the 2013 campaign."

A veteran Scottish international, Miller arrived in Vancouver just over a year ago. He had an uneven start to his MLS career but found his feet this season, scoring six goals in 12 matches – four of them game-winners – to aid in VWFC's climb up the standings to their current fourth-place position in the West with a 9-6-5 record. The 'Caps are 8-2-1 when Miller starts.

“I’m delighted to sign a contract extension with the Whitecaps,” Miller said in the statement. “I’ve really enjoyed my time in Vancouver and so has my family. The fans here are unbelievable, the club is always very professional, and I think we have a special group of players.”

The 33-year-old boasts a wealth of experience in several top European leagues and had been rumored to be mulling a move back across the Atlantic during the current transfer window. But Wednesday's news ensures that the Whitecaps will keep one of their most dangerous attacking weapons in the fold for their playoff push.