Wakefield Wildcats: Miller’s been given ‘new lease of life’ by Wildcats

Wakefield celebrate Jacob Miller's second try.
Wakefield celebrate Jacob Miller's second try.
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RESURGENT PLAYMAKER Jacob Miller says joining Wakefield Trinity Wildcats has given him a new lease of life.

Miller signed for Wildcats in the off-season after having the final year of his contract paid up by his previous club Hull.

The 22-year-old former Wests Tigers player made only 24 appearances for Hull, but has played in both Wildcats’ First Utility Super League fixtures so far and bagged a career-first hat-trick in last Sunday’s win over Hull KR.

“I am really enjoying myself,” Miller said. “We’ve got a really good bunch of boys here and we all get along really well.

“It is an enjoyable environment. Obviously playing makes it even better, but I am just enjoying myself and happy to be here.”

Miller’s all-Aussie half-back partnership with No 7 Tim Smith is beginning to flourish and the stand-off said: “There’s positive signs. It is still early, but we are working really hard and hopefully we can get better.”

Last Sunday’s hat-trick was the icing on the cake for Miller, who had a fine game as Wildcats backed up their round-one win at Castleford Tigers.

Miller touched down twice in as many minutes at the end of the first half and then crossed again on the final move of the match.

“It’s always nice to get over for a try,” he said. “That was the first time I’ve ever had a hat-trick – and I don’t think I’ve even had a double before.

“But the most important thing was the second win in a row.

“We had a tough pre-season, we spoke about trying to get off to a good start – which is important with the new system in place – and so far we’ve done that.”

Wildcats were most pundits’ tip to finish bottom of Super League, but Miller insisted: “We haven’t taken too much notice of all that stuff.

“If anything, we’ve used it for a bit of motivation. The pressure’s off us, but there’s a big belief within the group and I think we’re showing that.

“If we can tighten up a few things and be a bit more ruthless I think we’ll get even better.”

Wildcats are without a game this weekend, when Super League takes a break for the World Club Series.

They will try to make it three from three when they visit Widnes Vikings on Sunday, March 1 and Miller said: “Obviously that will be a big challenge for us.

“They showed in the first week (when they hit back from 16-0 down to draw with Wigan Warriors) that they can knock off anyone, so we have to be up for the challenge.

“We’ve already seen there’s going to be no easy games this year, so I think it’s shaping up for a really good competition.”

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