Towell excited by prospect of showdown with idol Miller
In-form Dundalk star Richie Towell is relishing the prospect of locking horns with his favourite player Liam Miller in Friday's top-two clash with Cork City at Turner's Cross.
Towell was a fan of Miller in his youth and played alongside him during his spell with Hibernian. The 23-year-old has huge respect for what the Corkman has achieved in his career and is enthused by the prospect of testing himself against him.
"Liam is my favourite player, I loved playing with Liam when I was there," said Towell after scoring a hat-trick for the league leaders in Monday's dismissal of Galway United at Oriel Park.
"I learned a lot off him as a player. I was only 19 or 20 when I was playing with him and he had been at Manchester United and that, so it was great to play with him. He's phenomenal, he really is, probably the best player I've played with.
"And when he went to Australia we played against his team Perth Glory with Celtic in a pre-season friendly and he was the best player on the park. Hopefully he can be a little bit quieter than he was when we played against him and when I played with him.
"I haven't spoken to him in a while. When I went over to Australia I spoke to him a lot but he has a family and I'm sure he is a busy man. I can't wait to play against him, you want to challenge yourself against the best."
Towell will travel south in fine fettle after his treble against the Galwegians brought his tally to seven goals in his last five league outings, a good start for a new pair of black adidas boots that he was sent which are a lucky charm.
"I've only worn them five times so I think there's something in them," he says. "I don't even wear them to training any more because the pitch (at Oriel) takes lumps out of them."
The highly rated midfielder was linked with a move across the water over the winter but has refocused when that failed to materialise despite interest from the Championship and an unhappy trial at Cardiff.
"I think I'm a very mentally strong person," continued the Dubliner. "I've had a lot of setbacks in my career at a young age. I'm not saying that was a setback but it just wasn't to be.
"There were offers but it didn't suit me. I think I made the right decision and I'm delighted with how my football is going so far."
His manager Stephen Kenny has paid tribute to Towell for his application this term.
"There were question marks and some people might have thought because he did not get his move to England this year that it would affect him psychologically," said Kenny.
"But it was never a concern because his attitude was so good. He's a credit to himself."