Barwon Heads product Teia Miles is one of the fresh faces among this year’s Geelong VFL squad.
His tenure and experience at VFL level places him in a key leadership position for the season.
After being drafted in 2014 by Hawthorn, Miles made his AFL debut in early 2017 and played four games throughout the year.
His form peaked in the second half of 2018, where he played eight matches at senior level in the back 50.
Throughout his time in the VFL, Miles came up against Geelong small forward Jackson McLachlan and produced some quality contests.
“Had some battles with ‘Jacko’ McLachlan over the years at centre half-back, he’s a great player and it’s good to play alongside him.” Miles said.
Miles’ new role in the leadership group has given him the opportunity to mentor some of the squad’s young blood.
“Boys like [Zac] Walter and [Charlie] Sprague are from Barwon Heads as well,” he said.
“It’s been good to bring them aside and teach them a few things.”
Miles will no doubt help the younger lads, but his best footy is in front of him at Geelong.
With a full, uninterrupted preseason and the opportunity to get back to his Barwon Heads roots, he is in for a refreshing year.
Fans can see the VFL squad play Monday 9th March at Colac Western Reserve Oval in a preseason practice match starting from 1:20pm.
The Geelong and Essendon VFL game will be a curtain raiser for the AFL Marsh Community Series match between the two clubs.