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Gavin Miller 1989 Origin  ©Action Photographics

Gavin Miller’s Rugby League career was an incredible roller-coaster ride, coming into the competition as the next big thing as a boom 18-year-old with Western Suburbs.

His career faltered away a little with a move to Eastern Suburbs in 1978, and then with Cronulla in the early 1980s, where he failed to fulfil the potential of the teenager who burst onto the scene.

He played for NSW twice in 1983, again with little success, and the re-ignition of his career came thanks to an English stint for Hull KR.

In 1985-86, he received the player of the year in the English Club Championship, before continuing his form with the Cronulla Sharks, steering them to a minor premiership in 1988.

The twilight period of his career turned out to be his best, as he won the Dally M player of the year award in consecutive years from 1988-89, as well as winning second-rower of the year in the same seasons.

He then was rewarded for his dominance by representing and captained the NSW Blues for the 1989 series, however they were unfortunately whitewashed in the series.

After retirement in 1992, Miller continued to showcase his Rugby League talent for Goulburn, taking a captain-coach position.

He remains one of the Sharks' - and Blues' - most talented forwards to ever lace up a boot. 

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