Jacob Miller is relishing ‘free’ role at Wakefield Trinity

Wakefield Trinity captain Jacob Miller goes into today’s game against Leeds Rhinos thriving on being “freed” by Mason Lino’s arrival.

Wakefield's Jacob Miller. Picture Tony Johnson
Wakefield's Jacob Miller. Picture Tony Johnson

Australian half-back Miller, 28, took on much of the creative responsibility last year following Danny Brough’s season-ending injury and Trinity struggled for the majority of the campaign.

However, head coach Chris Chester made it his priority to sign a high-calibre playmaker and Lino has duly arrived from Newcastle Knights.

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On the developing partnership, Miller said: “It’s been really good. It has given me chance to free up a little bit.

“The last few seasons, I have kind of had to take on that role of organising a lot of things that probably didn’t suit my game to a tee.

“Hopefully you will see me run the ball a bit more and not worry about organising things.

“I can just kind of take a bit of a load off and worry about my own game.”

Wakefield finished second bottom last year and – with plenty of talent in their ranks – Miller knows they have to improve their consistency.

“Last year, or even the years before, the difference between our best and worst was too wide,” he added.

“Our training has been a lot more consistent and hopefully that shows on the pitch this year and you won’t see that big dip between our best and our worst.

“We are looking forward to a game now; it has been a long pre-season – we’re into the 14th week – and I think everyone’s ready for some rugby and a competitive match.”

Leeds are under-strength but Trinity’s coach is not taking them lightly.

Asked what he expected, Chester said: “There’s two sides that like to throw the ball around.

“I watched Leeds (in their warm-up game) against Huddersfield and they throw a lot of shape at you; you have got to be pretty good defensively.

“We have got to look after Tom Briscoe in yardage and their pack as well.

“I think they have recruited really well, Zane Tetevano is a good player, one I admire and Matt Prior as well.

“We have just got to be at our best.”

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