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Miles keen for another chance

Geelong VFL recruit Teia Miles. (krockfootball.com.au/Al Packer)

GEELONG VFL signing Teia Miles hasn’t given up hope of reigniting his AFL career.

Miles, who played 12 games in five seasons with Hawthorn, has joined the Cats keen to show he’s still got what it takes to again perform at the highest level.

“That’s exactly what I’m hoping for,” the 23-year-old told krockfootball.com.au.

“I’m definitely playing VFL to get back on an AFL list, whether it’s halfway through next year or I have to wait until the end of the season.

“I’m hoping to have a good pre-season, a good start to the year, and put my best foot forward for next year.”

Miles, whose sister Demi is married to star Cat Mitch Duncan, arrives at Geelong keen to hit the gym and add some size to his 70kg frame.

“A big one for me for the five years I was there, but even at my exit meeting, was my size,” he said.

“I’m trying really hard to put some weight on the moment. As ‘Clarko’ (Hawthorn coach Alistair Clarkson) said in my exit meeting, 12 games in five years, it was to move on and let me go.

If I can get in the gym a bit more – only training here two days a week, there’s plenty of time for the gym.

“I’m trying to put on 5-6kgs before the season starts.”

Miles is keen to line up on a half-back flank for Geelong but is well aware he needs to be flexible with AFL listed players taking precedence.

He is also keen to use his experience to help develop the Cats’ young VFL list while continuing to develop himself.

“What I didn’t do enough at Hawthorn was get advice from coaches, from my teammates,” Miles said.

“We had some very good players at Hawthorn, and I was probably pretty quiet in my first two or three years. If I can gain some more advice, that would be unreal.

“But what I’m trying to do here, especially with the two Barwon Heads boys, Charlie (Sprague) and Zac (Walter), I grab them for extras, (and) I grab them if they need to know anything.

“So, I’m trying to improve them, because it’s something that I didn’t do enough when I was at Hawthorn.”

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Geelong coach Shane O’Bree says Miles is a welcome addition to his squad.

“We see him really complementing our AFL players playing half-back/wing,” he said.

“His ball use and knowledge of the way we want to play will be really good.

“And we think he’s still got attributes to get back on an AFL list. And he’s still keen to do it, so we’re here to help him progress as much as he can and put his name up for future drafts down the track.”

Miles will have reigning BFL premier Barwon Heads as his interchange club in 2020.

“I grew up playing all my junior footy at Barwon Heads, and when I sat down with Shane and ‘Tweeds’ (VFL operations manager Nathan Tweddle), I mentioned I’d like to make Barwon Heads my local club and give back after what they gave me in juniors,” he said.

“If I can get down there for a couple of games, that’d be unreal. If not, I’m looking forward to playing all my footy here.”

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