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Brandon's making a Miele of it with Rovers


Rovers’ Brandon Miele Photo: Sportsfile

Rovers’ Brandon Miele Photo: Sportsfile

Rovers’ Brandon Miele Photo: Sportsfile

Shamrock Rovers boss Pat Fenlon believes that attacker Brandon Miele has come on leaps and bounds in the space of a year.

Ex-Newcastle man Miele joined Rovers at the start of last season after a spell with non-league side Bluebell but though he impressed last term once he worked his way into the side, he has been on fire in 2016 and his free kick on Friday night (Danny North tapped home after Miele's free was deflected) helped break the deadlock at home to a stubborn Wexford Youths, Rovers going on to win 2-0.

"He's a good player and at the moment he's in good form," says Fenlon of Miele ahead of tonight's test away to Finn Harps.

"He has worked hard at all parts of his game. He's worked on his technique and physically he's got bigger. He's that type of kid who wants to develop and get better.

"He's way ahead of where he was 12 months ago, then he was a kid who was down on himself because it didn't work out for him in England but now he's go his confidence back."

Harps had a bruising night away to Dundalk last Friday, problems starting before kick-off as keeper Ciaran Callagher was unable to travel due to work commitments, and boss Ollie Horgan stresses how tough life is for his side. "It is difficult and I have tried to explain that. People don't want to listen to me when I say that, but it is a savage league," says Horgan.