The Courier-Mail

Touk a ray of sun in dark year

- AN­DREW HAMIL­TON

TOUK Miller pro­vides all the ev­i­dence you need that Gold Coast’s fu­ture is bright, and at the same time proof of how bad things have been in 2015.

The 19-year-old (above) and sec­ond-year player Kade Kolod­jash­nij are the only Suns to play ev­ery game this year.

Miller’s in­cred­i­ble de­but sea­son fol­lows the feats of Bris­bane’s Mr Dura­bil­ity, Lewis Tay­lor, who also played ev­ery game in his first year in the AFL and is one of just four Lions ca­pa­ble of achiev­ing the feat this year.

Tay­lor, Dayne Zorko, Allen Christense­n and Marco Pa­parone are the only Lions to have suited up for each of the 21 games played so far.

AFL sta­tis­tics pro­vide ir­refutable proof that the more durable a team is and the less changes they are forced to make, the more suc­cess­ful they are. Queens­land’s two clubs dwell at the bot­tom end of the lad­der and have used more play­ers than the rest of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Miller was the Suns’ third choice in last year’s draft.

Pre-sea­son ex­pec­ta­tions were that a hand­ful of games would be a good re­turn. Yet he has ce­mented him­self as a key part of the club’s fu­ture.

“It’s been in­cred­i­ble,” he said. “My goal was to play ev­ery game but I thought deep down it might be 10 or 15 games.

“I don’t think any­one ex­pected me to play ev­ery week but my body has been hold­ing up re­ally well. I kept hear­ing how I would hit the wall but it didn’t re­ally hap­pen un­til pretty late in the year.’’

Stand-in cap­tain Michael Ris­chitelli said it could be ar­gued Miller had crammed sev­eral sea­sons of de­vel­op­ment into one and was pro­vid­ing the value to the side they did not ex­pect for three or four years.

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