Teia Miles will debut for Hawthorn this weekend against Adelaide, after enjoying an impressive pre-season that hurled his name into the match committee’s minds.
Entering his third year in the system, Miles showed promising signs throughout the 2017 JLT Community Series as a defender.
Averaging just over 13 possessions across the three pre-season games, his best performance was in JLT1 against the Cats when he collected 17 possessions and five marks.
One of the most encouraging things about Miles’ JLT campaign was his disposal efficiency.
The Barwon Heads local gave every indication that he felt comfortable at the elite level as he was efficient in 35 of his 40 total disposals across the competition.
In 2016, Miles made huge developments in his rise to being an AFL-quality player while playing 15 VFL games for the Box Hill Hawks.
The coaching staff shifted the 20-year old between either end of the ground, with Miles showing his wares as a defender while also kicking 16 goals in his time as a forward.
His averages were impressive, 20 possessions at 79 per cent disposal efficiency, five marks, two tackles, two inside 50s and three rebound 50s.
Miles will take a place in the Hawks backline this weekend, as they face the tough challenge of trying to contain a rampant Crows forward line.