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HULL END SEVEN SEARCH WITH AUSSIE STARLET MILLER
By Matt Holden | 14/05/2013
Hull FC’s quest to recruit a new scrum half has come to fruition with the capture of highly regarded Australian youngster Jacob Miller.
The Wests Tigers half back, who has featured on numerous occasions for the Sydney outfit this season, has attracted attention from a number of clubs but the Black and Whites have clinched his signature having followed his progress over the last few months.
Signing on a two-and-a-half year deal and heading to the UK as soon as he receives the necessary visa clearance, the talented playmaker will be vying for a place alongside the experienced duo of Richard Horne and Daniel Holdsworth.
Speaking to www.hullfc.com
, Miller said, “I am really excited about the opportunity to play in Super League with Hull FC.
“I am obviously leaving a club that I have close ties with and I have some good friends here, but I would like to thank the club, the coaches, the players and the fans for their support over the last few years and wish them all the very best for the future and hopefully a strong run for the rest of the season.”
He added, “It looks like it’s a great time to be joining Hull, they have a strong roster and what looks like a great stadium so I can’t wait to get over there and get started.”
Miller, who has now been released by the Tigers to enable the move, is one of the NRL’s brightest young talents having impressed throughout his youth in representative rugby including the Junior Kangaroos.
His early days as a professional came at the Sydney Roosters, under a senior pecking order that could boast stars like Todd Carney and Mitchell Pearce, before heading to the Tigers to learn his trade from the likes of Braith Anasta and Benji Marshall.
Ahead of his senior debut in 2012, Miller played a pivotal role in Wests’ success in the Under 20s Grand Final as well as being named in the Toyota Cup Team of the Year.
Hull FC head coach Peter Gentle believes the club have secured the services of a creative young half back with plenty of promise.
“It’s a timely acquisition for us in a position we have been looking to cover for some time now,” he said.
“Jacob is a player that has all the attributes to be a quality half back and we feel can really benefit our side, as well as improving his own game.
“He’ll fit in nicely working with the likes of Daniel (Holdsworth) and Horney (Richard Horne) and we look forward to him joining up with the side in the coming weeks.”
He added, “I would like to thank the Tigers for their understanding and cooperation in making the signing a possibility, in particular giving us the chance to recruit a player midway through their current campaign.”
Miller will continue to train in Australia until he receives the relevant clearance with his visa to enable his move to Hull and will be available for selection once he arrives.