CHRIS Millar is eager to use a ‘very strange end to the season’ as motivation after sealing a move to Concord Rangers.

The creative midfielder has joined the Beach Boys after being denied promotion despite an Isthmian North play-off final win with Heybridge Swifts last term.

Concord were unable to extend their campaign even though they finished sixth in the National League South standings and Millar is hoping the upcoming season will be less controversial.

Millar said: “It was a very strange end to the season.

“It was nice to win the play-off final with Heybridge but it was bittersweet because we didn’t go up.

“I know Concord were unable to compete in the play-offs as well, so it was a funny end to the season for them as well.

“Hopefully it will be another enjoyable season with a happy ending this time around.”

Millar has switched to the Aspect Arena having been a target of Adam Drew, Concord’s head of recruitment, for some time.

Drew was heavily involved in negotiations as Millar, who came through the ranks at Charlton Athletic, joined Heybridge from Isthmian North rivals Maldon & Tiptree last term.

And Millar admits Drew, along with Concord boss Danny Scopes, played a key role in attracting him to make his latest switch.

Millar added: “I joined Heybridge part of the way through last season with Adam still there working on the recruitment side of things.

“But Adam left Heybridge and became the head of recruitment at Concord on the same day I ended up joining the club.

“He wanted to take me to Concord and the conversations about a move started halfway through last season.

“Adam asked if I would be interested in joining a couple of weeks ago and I spoke to him and Scopesy.

“They told me that they thought I would do well in this league and how they felt I would fit into their plans.

“I need to improve my game off the ball and they said that to me as well.”

And Millar is relishing the challenge of testing himself in the second tier of non-league football.

Miller admitted: “I want to make a good impact at Concord and go as far in my career as possible.

“My aim is to test myself at this level and see how far I can go.

“Hopefully I will be able to cement my place in the team and show the supporters why I have been brought to the club by Scopesy and Adam.”