New assistant coach focuses on?South Warrnambool’s future

New assistant coach focuses on?South Warrnambool’s future

NEWLY-appointed South Warrnambool assistant coach Brad Miller wants to pass on his football knowledge to the Roosters’ next generation.

Miller, 29, will work alongside South’s senior coach Matthew Peake in 2013 as the club strives to regain a finals spot after a disappointing end to last season.

The former Darley captain has an enviable football resume, having spent time as a rookie at AFL club Richmond and winning the Western Jets’ best-and-fairest in the TAC Cup as a promising teenager.

Miller will work with South Warrnambool’s midfield.

“I play a fair bit throughout the midfield, so hopefully I will work with the midfield guys with our set-ups,” he said.

“I enjoy working with the young kids, so hopefully Peakey gives me the role of working with those guys and helping them develop.

“Sammy Thompson played a fair bit down back last year, but hopefully we can get him to go through the midfield.”

Miller said the Roosters had a promising list that he wanted to help build for future premiership tilts.

“I want to help them develop into better footballers for the club and be here for a long time,” he said.

Originally from Bacchus Marsh, Miller moved to Warrnambool in 2010 for work.

He watched a few South Warrnambool games from the sidelines before joining the club in 2011.

He played 17 games and kicked 30 goals in a premiership-winning season.

The goal-kicking midfielder added 15 games to his Roosters’ tally in 2012.

Miller said the club had a strong culture and it was one of the reasons he joined the Friendly Societies’ Park-based club.

“I love it up here. I have young kids and a wife and they all love coming up here,” he said.

“It’s a good atmosphere for them.”

Peake said Miller was a “natural leader”.

“He was a natural choice for us,” he said.

“”He’ll probably do the same role as last year.

“He naturally led the young blokes last year, so he’ll do that and have the title of assistant coach which goes with it.”

South Warrnambool president Gary Walsh said Miller was loyal and dedicated.

“Brad has been a great acquisition for our club,” he said.

“He is terrific. He is a great leader of young people and he has great respect from the young players.”

Jacob Rhodes will coach the Roosters’ reserves side, replacing South Rovers-bound Brendan Whelan.

South Warrnambool’s pre-season starts on Monday, November 19.

It will run two sessions a week before Christmas, with an optional session on Friday.

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South Warrnambol assistant coach Brad Miller (left) will join senior coach Matthew Peake and reserves counterpart Jacob Rhodes on the Roosters’ coaching panel next season.

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