Miller keen to put pres­sure on Pres­tia in will­ing bat­tle

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - TOM BOSWELL

GOLD Coast mid­fielder Touk Miller says he will rel­ish the chance to test him­self against for­mer team­mate Dion Pres­tia when the Suns play Rich­mond this weekend.

Miller and his Suns team­mates will meet Pres­tia for the first time on the field since the lat­ter se­cured his re­quested trade to the Tigers at the end of last year when Gold Coast play Rich­mond in Round 19 of the AFL at Met­ri­con Sta­dium on Satur­day.

The duo spent the past cou­ple of sea­sons bat­tling in Gold Coast’s mid­field to­gether as in­jury gripped many of the club’s top- line mid­field­ers.

It re­sulted in Miller be­com­ing a bona- fide mid­fielder in his first two AFL sea­sons and the de­fec­tion of Pres­tia ahead of this year helped him keep his spot in the cen­tre de­spite the re­turn of reg­u­lars in­clud­ing Gary Ablett and David Swal­low and the sign­ing of Michael Bar­low, Pearce Han­ley and Jar­ryd Lyons.

“( Pres­tia) prob­a­bly opened up a spot for me when he left the club but I’m look­ing for­ward to go­ing head- to- head with him,” Miller said.

“It was a bit the same with Jaeger ( O’Meara) when we came up against him so I’m go­ing to thrive off the op­por­tu­nity to go head- to- head against some­body who played here.”

Gold Coast Suns' Touk Miller.

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