LEARNING CURVE: Touk Miller of the Gold Coast Suns holds off Sharrod Wellingham of the West Coast Eagles.
LEARNING CURVE: Touk Miller of the Gold Coast Suns holds off Sharrod Wellingham of the West Coast Eagles. TONY MCDONOUGH

Young Miller in awe of ‘Gazza’

THE wins may not be coming but young Gold Coast onballer Touk Miller is still relishing the chance to play alongside the great Gary Ablett.

The two-time Brownlow Medallist has played 12 games this season after being restricted to just six in Miller’s first year at the club in 2015.

Ablett had his best game of 2016 in the loss to Hawthorn last week, gathering 40 disposals for the first time in two years – 25 of them were contested, the second most he’s had in a game.

“It was vintage Gazza on the weekend,” Miller, 20, told Australian Regional Media ahead of tomorrow’s clash with St Kilda at Metricon Stadium.

“People keep questioning his contested stuff ... but he proved a lot of people wrong.

“He’s an absolute superstar and awesome to have out on the field.”

Miller says his skipper is also a constant source of advice on the training track.

“If he sees something you’ve done that may not be quite right he’ll come over and help you with it or talk to you about it after training,” he said.

“He definitely goes out of his way ... He’s a really good captain.”

Miller said he was working hard on his own game to improve his consistency.

He collected 32 possessions against heavyweight Sydney in round 11, but only 10 and 11 in the past two games against the Tigers and Hawks.

“I’m really hoping I can find a bit of form to finish off the year,” he said.

“I’m still doing the right things at the club, putting my front foot forward, doing all the extras.”

While the Suns have suffered 10 straight defeats, improved performances the past two weeks have set them up with a shot at breaking the drought against St Kilda.

“We’re definitely moving in the right direction,” Miller said.

“I know you always here that but I think we’re starting to show it a bit more now out on the field.”


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