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Miles searching for greater opportunity

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Miles was drafted through GWS’ zoning concessions but managed just 10 games in his two years at the club before joining Richmond through the rookie draft. Though he managed just the five games for the premiers this year after the off-season additions of Josh Caddy and Dion Prestia, he was never far out of the team and diligently won Richmond’s VFL best and Fairest this year. Miles played 42 games in 2015 and 2016 and finished 4th and 6th in the Jack Dyer Medal.

Richmond has tabled a one year offer to Miles, which he’s put on the back burner as he looks for greater opportunity at another club. Richmond is happy for him to return to the club in 2018 but will not stand in his way if he wants to move elsewhere. His manager has stated that he’s currently 50-50 to return to the Tigers. If he does remain at the club he’ll need to add another string to his bow, being too one dimensional is the knock on him. His lack of speed didn’t fit with Richmond’s game plan this year so he’ll have to correct that.

PLAYER TRADE VALUE: Third-round pick.

POSSIBLE DESTINATIONS: While he feelers are out there gauging interest in Miles, he’s yet to enter serious discussions with any club. Hawthorn, North Melbourne and Gold Coast are reportedly interested in adding the competitive midfielder to their list to fill a need. North Melbourne are beginning a rebuild and are looking to add midfield depth after their pursuit of Dustin Martin and Josh Kelly failed this year. Despite the stunning season from Tom Mitchell at Hawthorn, the club is severely lacking midfielders and could do with another strong body on their list. Gold Coast lost Jaeger O’Meara and Dion Prestia last year and are likely to lose Gary Ablett Jr this year so could certainly do with a player like Miles. The fate of Bryce Gibbs will likely determine how closely Carlton and Adelaide will look at the midfielder.

MOST LIKELY DESTINATION: At this stage, there are too many teams in play and too many dominoes yet to fall to make a call on which club – if any – wins Miles’ signature. If a deal is to get done, it will likely be around lunchtime on Thursday, in the final frenzy before the trade period closes.

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