RICHMOND rookie Anthony Miles says his strong showing in Friday night’s loss to Melbourne has only fuelled his desire to win a spot on the Tigers’ senior list.
The Border product won plenty of admirers in the 14-point defeat, leading Richmond in contested possessions (11) and also racking up a team-high eight clearances on his way to 16 possessions.
The former North Albury midfielder, who also kicked two goals, is now considered every chance of being promoted off the rookie list and playing in the season opener on March 15.
“That’s definitely the No.1 aim for me right now,” Miles said.
“Obviously there’s talk about playing round 1 but I’ve got to get on the list first.
“I feel like I’ve started well and I haven’t missed a session since I got here.
“But I can’t rest on that and need to keep building from here.”
Miles, who was given a lifeline by the Tigers via the pre-season draft after being delisted by Greater Western Sydney, said he was still unsure whether he’d play in Saturday’s NAB Challenge clash at Wangaratta against Collingwood.
But he definitely wants to make an appearance.
“It should be a ripper,” Miles said.
“There’s still been no real indication about this weekend but I’ll just train well and hopefully get another game.
“Obviously with the Giants we were at Wagga last year and Lavington the previous couple, so it’s been good to get back up this way a fair bit.
“They’re expecting 10,000 or something on the weekend so it should be a great atmosphere.
“I love getting back up there.”
Tickets for Saturday’s twilight clash at Norm Minns Oval could be sold out by today, with a limited number remaining after a major spike in sales over the weekend.
Ticketmaster has sold out of its allotment, meaning tickets are now only available through the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre.
More than 80 per cent of the 11,000 tickets have been snapped up.
Collingwood and Richmond arrive in the North East on Friday and are expected to participate in a signing session across the road at W.J. Findlay Oval on Friday night.
The Tigers will train at Norm Minns Oval beforehand.
Gates open at 2.30pm on Saturday, with the match starting at 4.40pm.
The clash will be broadcast on Foxtel.