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How Rovers star refused pay - then was declared as bankrupt; STRIKER ASKED TRANMERE TO FREEZE WAGES WHILE HE RECOVERED FROM INJURY.

Byline: IAN JOHNSON ECHO Correspondent news@liverpoolcom @LIVECHONEWS

TRANMERE Rovers player Ishmael Miller was declared bankrupt, days after refusing to be paid by the club.

The striker asked the club to freeze his wages while he recovered from injury.

But, just over a week later, he was declared bankrupt at a County Court hearing in Stockport.

The 31-year-old started his career at Premier League giants Manchester City, but failed to find the net in 20 appearances.

The forward's career then included stints at West Brom, Huddersfield Town, Nottingham Tranmere Rovers Micky Mellon Forest, QPR and Middlesbrough. However, the Cheshire-based footballer filed a bankruptcy petition last November, before it was granted on February 7. At the end of January, his current boss, Micky Mellon, revealed Miller wasn't getting paid.

"He came in to see me about a week ago and we had the conversation where he said to me, 'Stop my wages until I get fit again," he told BBC Merseyside.

"He wants Tranmere Rovers to keep moving forward while he's out injured, which is possibly the first time I've heard that.

"I need everybody to understand how big a gesture that is from Ishmael at this moment in time.

"If he'd kept getting paid and waited until he got fit, nobody would've blinked an eyelid, as that's what's supposed to happen.

"People might say, 'He's in a position where he can do that' - well, he doesn't have to do that.

boss "He knows how tight things are at this club and where we're at in terms of what we're trying to do. "I think it says an awful lot about him as a man. Often footballers get bad publicity, but he thought about us and Tranmere first," said Mellon.

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