When he got dropped and went back to the VFL he lost that hunger to compete in the air and I was starting to get quite worried about him. The last two weeks he's had that back and played two of his best games in the VFL.
I'm starting to think that he may be best suited to being that looser third tall down back where he can take advantage of his speed and kicking to be an offensive weapon, rather than having to lock down an opponent. The big hurdle with that is that Biggy and Gibcus are probably both in the same boat, though Gibcus is a bit more complete as a key defender than the other two.
Whatever role he plays back there, he still needs to read the incoming ball well and needs to be able to assert himself in contests. He just needs to keep improving these areas of his game. It will be tremendous for the club if we could get 6-7 good seasons out of Miller in the AFL outfit.
Ages as at 2025:
Balta 25yo Miller 25yo/Biggy 24yo Gibcus 22yo
Vlastuin 31yo/Brown 21yo Rioli 28yo Baker 27yo Ralphsmith 23yo
It would be nice to think that might be our 2025 backline set once Tarrant, Grimes and Broad have moved on. And you can see there where once Vlastuin retires who he can be replaced by as well.
We seem to have the high half forwards covered, in Graham and Clarke, possibly Sonsie, and rucks in Nank/Soldo. Small forwards in Rioli and hopefully Mansell. Mid/forward in Bolton. Wings Banks and Ross perhaps.
If it worked out that way it would leave us able to train all resources for the next 3 off seasons on getting in a couple of quality mids and key forwards.