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Championship club explain why star halfback was released despite receiving “substantial salary increase”

When Luke Gale left Keighley Cougars to join Wakefield Trinity, many questions were asked.

Many Keighley fans questioned why star man in their promotion campaign in 2022 Jack Miller had been allowed to leave only for Gale to arrive them leave the club shortly after.

At a fan Q and A last week, the club explained Miller’s release as he joined Newcastle Thunder for 2023 even confirming he had been given “a substantial salary increase.”

“Jack Miller asked for his release. Ryan confirmed the club had huge respect for Jack, and had given him a substantial salary increase in the pre-season.   Ryan asked Jack to reconsider his request for release, and instead fight for his shirt.   Ryan explained that team selection is down to the coaching staff, and the board fully respect and support that.

“Jack felt that after the success of 2022 he should be in the starting line-up and felt dispirited as the coaching staff told him to “earn the shirt”.   Ryan asked him to stay as there would be opportunities, but Jack affirmed his desire to be released.

“Ryan explained his thinking that when someone “turns their head, let them go” – they are looking elsewhere and as a result will have lost their focus for the club. Jack is a great character, and we did not stand in his way.”

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