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Star fullback explains why he joined Leeds Rhinos

It’s been a busy off-season for Rohan Smith and Leeds Rhinos with the club having torn up the script in their spine, creating a totally new look one, six, seven and nine with NRL signing Lachlan Miller having been the first of those recruits.

Miller was announced whilst the Super League season was still in play, the playmaker confirming the switch from NRL side Newcastle Knights, however it was somewhat unclear where he would feature for the Rhinos.

The Australian had made the switch initially from Rugby Sevens, representing his country at the 2020 Olympics where the team claimed the bronze medal.

In 2022 aged 27 he made his NRL debut for Cronulla, going on to play seven games before Newcastle snapped him up for the 2023 season.

He’s now a Rhino and it’s confirmed he’ll operate at full-back given that incumbent Richie Myler has been shipped off to York Knights in the Championship.

Speaking to the Rhinos Youtube Channel about how he’s settled in, Miller explained: “I’m yet to have a full training session with the lads but everyone has been really welcoming and there’s a really good feel in the camp.

“I was saying to my wife when I got home from training that it feels like there is something special here.”

It was back in mid-August when Miller’s signing was officially confirmed, but just over three months later and the Australian has arrived, something that he’s been anxious to do.

“We knew for a while that we were signing here and towards the end back in Australia the anticipation was getting to us, so it’s good to finally be here.”

It’s a major move for Miller given that he didn’t play first grade rugby league until the age of 27, but now aged 29 the move to Super League marks even more ambition but he’s keen to get started.

He added: “This club has a really rich history, it’s always been very professional and that’s what I want to come across and be part of.

“Now that I’m here I’ve got to try and cement my spot and learn to play in the cold, but I was really excited from the moment we got in touch with Rohan and now we’re here.”

On his Sevens experience Miller spoke about how it gives him a different perspective, and a potential advantage over others, stating: “Obviously in Sevens there’s a lot of space, a lot of running and it’s about evasion.

“That’s all added to my game but I feel that I need to add some other elements to be a full professional in Super League.”

The first chance that Rhinos fans will get to see the speedster comes in just under a month with the traditional Boxing Day clash against Wakefield once again renewed, something that Miller is keen to get involved with.

“I think it’s just a month away now so I’m counting down the days, i really want to get on the field, pull on this jersey and play at Headingley. I’ve heard so much about the fans so I’m really excited.”

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