Gold Coast star Touk Miller, who just signed a new contract, described Hugh Greenwood’s shocking departure as a “good success”, but expects Suns to beat their duck in AFL final next year.
Miller, who is set to become the Suns’ next captain, gave the club a much-needed boost on Tuesday by signing a new deal to keep him on the Gold Coast until the end of 2027.
It came a day after veteran midfielder Greenwood’s explosive transfer to North Melbourne blinded the Suns.
The Kangaroos lured Greenwood, who was close to being drafted for the Suns, with a lucrative and longer contract.
Miller has no hard feelings against Greenwood for accepting North’s offer, but has said the tackle machine will be missed at Metricon Stadium.
“The offer (Greenwood) received from North Melbourne was obviously very strong and difficult to let go,” Miller told SEN.
“He has a young family and wants to support them for as long as he can.
“(Greenwood’s) another senior player that we won’t have and someone who can play some really consistent football, so that was a good shot on the roster.
“I think for him the opportunity he will have in the future will be huge.
“It’s a major loss, but I feel like in the world of football this stuff can happen quite regularly now.”
When asked if the Suns plan to play in the final next year, Miller was adamant.
Since joining the AFL in 2011, Gold Coast’s best season remains the 2014 campaign where they finished 12th with 10 wins.
“We have to get this place for the final and I think it will be a very big step for the club,” Miller said.
The 25-year-old is coming off his best season yet after winning the Gold Coast Best and Fairest award and being selected as an All-Australian for the first time.
Australian Associated Press