WAKEFIELD TRINITY WILDCATS coach James Webster expects to see the best of new Australian signing Jacob Miller next year.
Miller 22, joined Hull in 2013 after three years with Australian NRL club Wests Tigers, but fell out of favour last season and was released from the final year of his contract after playing only 24 games for the East Yorkshire side.
He was the latest in a succession of half-backs who have failed to live up to expectations with Hull, but Webster feels he will be more suited to what’s wanted of him at Wakefield.
“In my opinion he fits into our criteria as a young person with a lot more potential than he has shown so far,” said the Wildcats boss.
“Similar to Kyle Amor and Paul Aiton, hopefully with a bit more football and time put into him he can improve as a player.”
Webster, a former scrum-half who played one game for Hull and also had a stint on their coaching staff, knows the pressure Miller was under during his two seasons there.
“They don’t call Hull the graveyard for half-backs for no reason,” he said.
“Hull have been looking for another Peter Sterling for 25 years and not found him.
“I am not looking for what they expected him to do.
“We don’t want someone who can get us around the field – Tim [Smith] can do that.
“It is not hard for someone to play off Tim Smith and he can have a crack at it.
“I think he is a natural footy player and I think with some time he is going to be good for us.”
Webster – who is still hoping to strengthen Wildcats in the centres – added: “We are looking for competition in as many positions as we can get.
“We are fairly sorted in the forwards, but in the halves we weren’t so much.
“Jacob is young, hungry and excited to get a run and try and get back to the potential a lot of people expected from him two years ago.”
“My brother coached him in Australia and I have done plenty of research on him.
“I did a lot of research when I went to Australia recently.
“He was one of probably 25 people I took a look at and he is extremely good value for us.”
Webster confirmed Miller’s pay-off from Hull means his former club will be funding “a large sum” of his wages.
The player, who has signed a one-year deal with the Wildcats, himself said: “My termination agreement at Hull FC has allowed the Wildcats and myself to agree a deal we all hope will prove beneficial.
“I’m very excited about joining the team and competing for a spot in the 17 week-in and week-out.”