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Leeds Rhinos star signing Lachie Miller looking to improve on mixed bag debut performance

Leeds Rhinos are one of the sides that fans have plenty to be positive about heading into 2024 with the club boasting a completely new spine, the anchor of which is full-back Lachie Miller and the Australian has spoken on his desire to kick on with the club.

Miller is still relatively new to rugby league compared to many in the game, formerly playing rugby sevens including for Australia at the Tokyo Olympics but he’s spent the past two seasons in the NRL.

He’s been brought in as the club’s primary full-back with both Richie Myler and Luke Hooley leaving in the off-season, and he arrives alongside fellow NRL imports Matt Frawley and Paul Momirovski.

Miller spoke with Leeds Rhinos Youtube channel about the early 2024 training and his new teammate explaining: “We’ve just come back from our Christmas break which was nice but everything’s looking good. Obviously we’ve got Paul across now so we’ll get a good couple of weeks in with him here.

“He’ll settle right in, he’s a good lad and obviously a highly skilled player so he’ll fit in quite nicely and some big things for him I reckon.”

The NRL trio weren’t the only major signings for the Rhinos, the club also bringing in Salford Red Devils duo Andy Ackers and Brodie Croft among others, however despite numerous additions the squad is gelling well per Miller.

He continued: “Obviously coming here with so many new signings is always going to be that little fight period that might be tough but obviously Rohan and Gary have done their due diligence in picking up some players that are good people, so it’s been really easy for everyone just to fit in and get on with training.

“For myself it’s just I’m still very new back to rugby league so all those little things that you know ball playing and as a full back that I need to work on, but since getting across here it’s been getting used to the team and then obviously the new players that we have over here.”

The full-back has already tasted the atmosphere of the Headingley crowd as he played in the Boxing Day friendly against Wakefield Trinity, a match that saw the Australian make errors leading to tries but equally creating them with some moments of brilliance.

It was a performance that showed plenty of promise and would seem to suggest that Leeds, and particularly Miller, will be must watch rugby league this year however the 29-year-old has suggested he’ll improve for the game time,

On that Headingley atmosphere, he said: “Yeah it was good, I didn’t play too well so I’m really looking forward to our next game but yeah it was really good, it was good to be in front of the fans, it was loud but I’ve heard it gets bigger and better.

“Yeah the first impression was when we ran out and they were playing the drums and singing the song, it was pretty cool, it was obviously a bit different to NRL so really excited, I can’t wait for round one.”

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