Set to play his 100th AFL game this weekend, vice-captain Touk Miller says he’s proud to have racked up the ton for the same club he was drafted to.
Miller will reach the milestone when the SUNS take on GWS at Metricon Stadium this Saturday night and spoke to the media on Wednesday morning.
“It’s definitely a great milestone,” Miller said.
“100 games doesn’t happen that often to every AFL player.
“I like to think I worked pretty hard to get to this spot and especially for the one club as well.
“I obviously really love the Gold Coast and they’ve given me the opportunity and I’ve been lucky enough to play here for the last five years.”
In light of the recent decision by inaugural SUN Michael Rischitelli to retire from AFL football, Miller said on reflection he’d love to embody the same traits as his teammate in the years to come.
“It’s amazing how fast it goes,” he said.
“I’m already five years deep into an AFL career that was a dream at the start.
“Even Rischa yesterday with his retirement speech, I had a few tears in the eyes.
“Obviously the type of bloke he is and how everyone talks about him you kind of aspire to have that at the end of your career.
“When you do reflect it goes so quick so you’ve just got to make sure you maximise it.”
It’s been a quick rise for Miller on the Gold Coast.
The 23-year-old was inducted into the leadership group in just his third season and his durability on the field has allowed him to develop quickly into the leader and vice-captain he is today.
“I probably have a bit of a senior role at the club in terms of how I go about it,” Miller said.
“I still tend to have younger blokes look up to me in that space and going forward hopefully the durability will last and I’ve got a bit of a base now going forward to produce really good footy.
“I’d love to be an A-grade footballer and hopefully this base can get me there.”
While he hasn’t necessarily enjoyed all the success on the field in his 100 games, Miller said he could clearly see the direction of the club and that it would be up to the players to deliver the results.
“In terms of where we’re going as a club, over the past five years I’ve seen a lot more progression, especially in the last two years with Stuey Dew coming on board and a lot of new faces,” Miller said.
“I think if you speak to someone like Rischa who’s hanging up the boots, he probably would have liked the progression to be a bit faster but in saying that I’m so confident in the club.
“We’ve got all the resources we need, we’ve got all the players we need a the moment, all the coaching staff and high performance staff.
“All it’s going to be down to is just hard work and us getting it done on the track.
“I think we’ve got everything we need around us, it’s just a matter of the players producing the goods.”