A familiar figure from Liam Miller's past visited training yesterday to reminisce about some good old days and speculate on the prospect of a new triumph for the Perth Glory star.
Former Republic of Ireland manager Brian Kerr, who arrived in Perth yesterday, brought a smile to the face of his former charge after Miller had sweated through a tough session ahead of tomorrow's A-League preliminary final against Central Coast Mariners at Bluetongue Stadium.
Kerr, who was manager of the Ireland youth and senior national teams when Miller was representing his country, recalled the day the gifted midfielder, drafted into an important under-19s international match at late notice, had turned up to training without a pair of boots.
Miller trained in Kerr's oversized pair and the following day put on a performance to remember in a win over Russia.
"Liam did particularly well for me in many different teams," Kerr told _The West Australian _yesterday.
"He played in various youth teams and then I had him in the senior international team, so I have a long bond with Liam.
"He could have played a lot more at international level, but I'm delighted he's made a place for himself here and he seems genuinely happy.
"I hope this season finishes off nicely."
The best possible conclusion for Miller and Glory will involve seeing off the Mariners tomorrow and then beating Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium in Sunday week's grand final.
The odds are stacked against the WA side, which has been given little chance of winning in Gosford for the first time in the club's A-League history.
Miller, though, epitomises the optimism in a Glory side which has won 11 of its past 15 games.
"It's our biggest test yet," he said.
"But it's up to us. If we play well, I'm fully confident we can turn them over.
"I honestly feel we've got enough quality in the squad to go and get a result there."
Kerr is in Perth as a guest of the Claire We Care charity and will speak at several functions over the next six days.