Touk a ray of sun in dark year
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.