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Josh Cheadle  February 1, 2018 4:15 PM

SUNS TV: Touk Miller Touk Miller speaks to the media following the SUNS' first AFLX training session.
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I can see why it’s going to be fairly exciting because the ball moves really quickly.

With just over two weeks until the inaugural AFLX tournaments kick off, young SUNS midfielder Touk Miller has already been enticed by the new and exhilarating game.

Speaking to the media following the completion of the club’s first official AFLX training session, Miller said despite the rule changes the football is “still oval-shaped” with “four posts at either end”.

There’s a few different rules that you can adjust to but everyone plays footy so they’ll probably just adjust on the fly,” Miller said.

“I can see why it’s going to be fairly exciting because the ball moves really quickly.

“It’s the first time we’ve practised it properly so we’re still getting used to the rules.” 

Some of the rules the players have had to quickly adapt to include last touch out of bounds and kick-ins from behind the goal line after all scores.

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Miller says the game is designed to open up a lot more than traditional football, with less focus on contested ball scenarios and more excitement generated from super goals.

“The ball flows a lot more because there’s such limited numbers on the field,” he elaborated.

“I think it’s hard work for everyone because there’s only two in the forward line, backline and then three in the guts so it’s a small field but there’s still a lot of work.

“I think a lot of people are going to be kicking ten-pointers, I know myself, I can’t kick 50 in the JLT let alone 40 so I’ll be able to get a ten-pointer there.”

Miller is one who has put his hand up to play AFLX, with the 21-year-old’s proficient ball use and explosive running ability boding well with his chances of selection.

“I’m not too sure what Stuey’s plan is going down to Sydney but I know whoever we take will go full throttle and try out the new game,” Miller said. 

“I know I’m trying to work on my speed and getting out of the blocks so I think the pace of the game will be beneficial for myself.” 

From his limited exposure to the game so far, Miller has conceded there is more than one way to find success in the new format.

One option is to go with small and fast players, and rely on run and carry to get the ball moving through the centre of the ground.

On the other hand, Miller has seen merit in selecting elite ball-users to maintain possession and penetrate opposition defences with precise kicking.

“I think just from playing then, the likes of Callum Ah Chee, Ben Ainsworth, your small and explosive people (would be suited to the game),” Miller said

“I actually found Peter Wright and Lynchy were really good up forward because you actually had tall timber to kick too, especially if they had a mismatch down back.

“I think there’s a lot of variations you can go with but we haven’t really trialled it so you can’t tell who’s going to be the best in it yet.”

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