Tigers youngster eyes starting spot

He might only be just 18 years of age, but promising Wests halfback Jacob Miller has his sights firmly on a first grade spot for the Tigers.

The former NSW U18s starlet wants to make his mark with the club after making the move across Sydney from the Roosters.

During his representative stint, Miller was mentored by Wests Assistant Coach Peter Gentle, which eventually led to him joining the Tigers.

“I wasn’t planning on leaving the Roosters,’’ Miller confessed.

“I enjoyed playing under ‘Gents’ (Peter Gentle) for NSW and his coaching style really suited me.

“I am more of a half-back than a five-eighth. Playing half gives me a bit more of a pull over the six but that will change if I play next to Benji.

“Everyone at Wests Tigers have made me feel welcomed. The first few weeks have been really good and I have taken it upon myself to not just sit back at training but get stuck in.

“I really want to be a part of this NRL squad. I can’t wait to start playing.”

Gentle said, Miller’s style was ideally suited to the exciting brand of football employed by the Tigers recently.

“Jacob’s style of football suits the way Wests Tigers play. He sees that,” said Gentle

“I have a high opinion of Jacob but he can’t come here and just expect to get the first grade job. He has Tim Moltzen, Rob Lui and a few decent half-backs ahead of him, so it is a good challenge for him.”

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