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This season, Ben Miller is flourishing under the leadership of new Richmond coach Adem Yze.

Ben Miller was a slow player at Richmond.

Miller was drafted 63rd overall by the Tigers in the 2017 AFL National Draft from WAFL club Subiaco and did not make his first-team debut until the final home-and-away round of the 2021 season.

He played 11 games for the first team the following season and 13 games last year in various roles, but was unable to establish himself as a permanent member of Richmond’s starting lineup.

This season, however, Miller is flourishing under the leadership of new Tigers coach Adem Yze, who has signed the athletic, tall 24-year-old permanently in an important defensive position.

Miller has already played 13 AFL games in 2024, a league record, and his stats are significantly higher than in previous seasons.

His averages are 12.4 possessions (8.4 was his previous best), 6.4 markers (2.7 previously), 5.2 interceptions (3.5), 3.7 rebounds-50s (2.3), 9.1 one-percenters (6.3) and 243.1 yards gained per game (133.9).

In terms of the total number of one percenters, he ranks fourth in the competition.

Miller’s performance yesterday against Carlton at the MCG may be the best of his AFL career so far.

Unlike Blues superstar Charlie Curnow, Miller limited the two-time Coleman Medalist to just seven possessions and two goals.

It was a tremendous performance from Miller, who demonstrated his agility, top speed and increasing ability to win one-on-one duels.

He finished the game with 14 possessions, six markers, eight interceptions, six rebound 50s, four scoring involvements, a game-high 12 one-percenters and 304 yards of gain, underscoring his ability to combine a tight defense with an effective offense.

It also demonstrated why he is Richmond’s most improved player in the 2024 season and one of the most improved players in the entire competition.