Brad Miller (footballer)
Miller in June 2017
|Full name||Brad Miller|
|Date of birth||6 July 1983|
|Place of birth||Brisbane, Queensland|
|Original team(s)||Mount Gravatt (QAFL)|
|Draft||No. 55, 2001 National Draft, Melbourne
No. 28, 2010 Rookie Draft, Richmond
|Height||194 cm (6 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||96 kg (212 lb)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2012.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Brad Miller (born 6 July 1983) is a former Australian rules football player who last played for the Richmond Football Club. He previously played with the Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL) until he was delisted at the end of the 2010 season.
Brad is the son of Neville Miller, who played 28 games with the South Melbourne Football Club. Having spent his early childhood in Sandy Bay, Tasmania, Miller moved to Brisbane in Queensland with his family at an early age, where he played rugby league from age 13. On his father's advice, he later tried Australian rules football, ending up at the Mount Gravatt Football Club, where he was scouted by AFL club the Melbourne Demons.
Picked at number 55 in the 2001 AFL Draft, Miller carried a reputation and promise of becoming a key position centre half forward in the mould of Wayne Carey or Jonathan Brown. However he spent much of his early career in defence and did not kick a goal until his 17th game.
At the Demons, Miller struggled early to reach his potential at centre half forward, showing promise with 2 goal hauls and taking strong marks, but poor decision making and kicking skills often resulted in turnovers. In some games but with a reputation for disgressions that ended with tribunal appearances and suspensions. A maximum kicking distance of just under 50 metres made Miller an unlikely option for centre half forward.
At times, he was used by coach Neale Daniher in defence, and held down big key opposition forwards like Barry Hall, but was ultimately a second choice in defence behind Nathan Carroll and Ben Holland.
In a game against Richmond in round 17 of 2004, he kicked a rare bag of four goals. He had previously never kicked more than a goal a game.
A slump in form in 2006, saw him play most of the season for the Sandringham Zebras, including an appearance in their premiership side.
When he did return to the senior Demons lineup just before the finals, he was involved in a collision that led to Geelong player Tom Lonergan losing one of his kidneys.
Miller played a best on ground performance in the Demons losing finals game against the Fremantle Dockers in Perth in an impressive performance. Many believe that this saved him from being traded in the pre-season draft.
After the retirement of David Neitz and Achilles tendon injury to Russell Robertson, coach Dean Bailey tried a number of options at full forward in a forward line which struggled to kick goals before eventually entrusting the role to Miller. Miller had an immediate impact with bags of 3 goals against Richmond, the Western Bulldogs and North Melbourne. He had also shown an impressive increase in goalkicking accuracy.
Miller finished the year with 26 goals. The fact that this was the highest total by a Melbourne player in 2008 highlighted their forward line struggles.
In 2010, Miller lined up for the round 1 clash versus Hawthorn but was subsequently dropped the next week following the teams poor performance, he would not return to the seniors until round 9 against Port Adelaide at TIO stadium in Darwin. Miller kicked five goals, helping the team win a thrilling match by one point in high humidity conditions. Miller struggled to remain in the senior team and was eventually dropped back to the VFL where he played out the rest of the season.
In Round 15 in a VFL match against Gold Coast Suns, Miller sparked the side with six goals in the third quarter. He finished with 10.4 for the afternoon and his team, Casey, won the match by four points.
On 23 August 2010, Brad Miller, alongside teammate Daniel Bell, were delisted by the Melbourne Football Club. However, Miller was the highest polling Melbourne player in the Casey Scorpions Best and Fairest and several clubs, including the new Gold Coast Football Club and the Richmond Football Club both expressed interest in recruiting him.
On August 16, 2012, Miller, along with Tigers teammate Kelvin Moore, announced his retirement, effective immediately, due to a calf injury. He left Richmond, having played 157 AFL games (133 with Melbourne, 24 with Richmond) and having booted 120 goals. (89 with Melbourne, 31 with Richmond).
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