CAPTAIN Tommy Miller has told The Star he is in the dark over his future at Sheffield Wednesday.
It was initially thought that the midfielder missed the 2-0 defeat at League One leaders Brighton at the weekend because of a hamstring problem he sustained at home to Tranmere Rovers.
But, it emerged afterwards manager Gary Megson had left out Miller from the starting line-up because of ‘contractual reasons.’
Miller, whose deal runs out in the summer, is just a handful of matches away from activating a clause in his contract.
It stipulates Wednesday would have to offer him a new one-year contract extension.
The 32-year-old, who has scored nine goals in 36 appearances this term, said Megson told him before training on Friday that he was not feature at Brighton.He hopes to hold contract negotiations with Wednesday chief executive Paul Aldridge this week to clarify the issue.
“Gary (Megson) was perfectly honest with me and told me he had to pull me out of the team,” Miller said.
“It is disappointing but what can you do? It is out of the manager’s hands and my own. I feel like I am in limbo. I don’t know whether I am going to get another game but hopefully it will become clearer this week and something can be sorted out.”
Since arriving from Ipswich Town on a free-transfer in May 2009, Miller has started 35 league matches and made 14 substitute appearances, scoring eight goals.
He added: “It is frustrating because I want to play regardless of whether I get another year or not. Hopefully everything will be resolved sooner rather than later.
“The club are not happy with the current deal but hopefully we can come to some sort of arrangement.
“It is a strange situation because I am very happy here.
“My wife and kids are happy here and my kids are due to start school in September. I like the area and my family have enjoyed it.”
A frustrated Megson said he had no choice but to omit Miller from midfield. He played Joey O’Brien in his place.
“I said two weeks ago that some of the things that go on at the club beggar belief and that (Miller’s contract) is one of them,” he said.
“There are a lot of things we have to deal with that are a problem at Wednesday and deal with it we will.”