Jacob Miller staying put in UK but unsure whether it will be with Wakefield

Ben Olawumi
Jacob Miller Wakefield

Wakefield half back Jacob Miller has told Love Rugby League that he will see out the remainder of his playing days in the UK, but isn’t sure whether they’ll be with Trinity.

Australian Miller, 29, has spent the last eight years at Belle Vue. So far this term, he has three tries in 12 appearances at club level. He also featured for the Combined Nations All Stars against England earlier this month.

Miller’s contract with Wakefield expires come the end of this season however, and he admitted he’s not sure where he will be playing in 2023.

“I’ve been here since 2013, and this is where I see myself for the foreseeable future,” Miller told Love Rugby League.

“I’ve got the kids here and they love life too. We’re all settled. I’ll finish playing here and see what happens after that.

“As for next year, I’m not too sure, we’ll just have to wait and see. Obviously, I’m off-contract and there’s going to be some speculation, but we’ll have to wait and see how it pans out over the next few weeks.”

Unacceptable Performance

Miller – who initially moved to England to join Hull – was speaking the day after Wakefield’s 74-10 defeat at Salford. Post-match, boss Willie Poching apologised to the club’s fans for the performance.

And the half back only echoed what his head coach had said, adding: “Yesterday wasn’t acceptable.

“Regardless of whether we can bounce back from it or not, it wasn’t acceptable from us at all. We’ll be back to work tomorrow (Tuesday) looking to put things right.

“I don’t see why we can’t do that. We came off the back of a seven-game losing spree and won the next two [before the Salford game]. Consistency is so up and down with us, who knows what can happen?

“We’ve been pretty inconsistent in patches. It’s about trying to get that difference between when we play out best game and when we play our worst game that bit closer.”

Poching Perfect Fit

The 29-year-old also hailed the work being done behind the scenes by Poching. Trinity’s boss was initially appointed on an interim basis after the departure of Chris Chester midway through 2021.

“It’s been great working under Willie. We obviously had him for the spell at the end of the year last year. We’re all pretty familiar with him and the way he likes to do things,” said Miller.

“He’s been great for us, and I just hope we can finish this season on a high note for him.”

Wakefield welcome Wigan on Sunday. Trinity currently sit 11th, one place above Toulouse in bottom place. Six competition points do separate them and the French side however with 11 games each remaining.

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