Gold Coast SUNS Assistant Coach Brad Miller has today been inducted into the AFL Queensland Football Hall of Fame.
Miller joined the SUNS ahead of the 2022 season previously holding positions at Sydney University and overseeing the GWS Giants’ exciting forward line that qualified for the 2019 AFL Grand Final whilst also leading the Giants to a NEAFL Premiership.
Miller also spent time at the Melbourne Football Club following an esteemed 157-game playing career with the Demons and Richmond in a footballing journey that began all the way back as a twelve-year-old with the Redland Sharks.
The son of South Melbourne footballer Neville Miller, a single season with the Sharks preceded a successful stint with Mt Gravatt from where Miller was drafted to Melbourne with Pick 55 as one of only two Queenslanders, alongside North Melbourne ruckman David Hale, in the 2001 AFL Draft.
He debuted in Round 8, 2002 under Neale Daniher against Fremantle at Subiaco, becoming the sixth of what is now 12 Queensland football products whose father had also played at the elite level. Miller played 133 games with the Demons from 2002-2010 highlighted by four finals in 2004-05-06.
After leading the goalkicking and winning the best & fairest at Melbourne’s VFL affiliate Casey, he found his way to Richmond where he played a further 24 games, coincidentally facing the Demons in his 150th AFL game becoming just the 17th Queenslander to reach the mark.
“All my mates played rugby league – it was the norm back then before the Lions had their success (in 2001-02-03) – and Dad was very influential and very important to me during that period,” Miller told AFL Queensland.
“That goes for everyone at Mt Gravatt who helped in the early years… Danny Craven, Wayne Johnston, Mark Browning… the whole development system is fantastic and I’m rapt to be home and part of it. I am also grateful for the mentoring and assistance I’ve received during my AFL journey. Without guys like Neale Daniher, Chris Fagan, Dean Bailey, Paul Roos, Wayne Campbell, Craig Cameron and Damien Hardwick, I would not have had such incredible opportunities.”