Miley Grigg’s week last week was drastically different than that of the average Australian 15-year-old.
Like most of her peers, Grigg attended school, and according to her coach she even had her braces removed, but that is where the norm stopped and history was written.
Adelaide United announced that Grigg and Football South Australia NTC teammate Sian Dewey had signed youth development contracts. Within days, the former was named by Adrian Stenta in his squad to take on Western United.
The inclusion capped off a fantastic season for the teenager, with the former MetroStars junior also being called up for a Junior Matildas training camp earlier in the year.
Grigg has been regarded as an energetic box-to-box midfielder with great endurance. After the Reds found themselves chasing the game against Western United, Stenta called on his newest signing, making history in the process.
At 15 years and 54 days old, Grigg became the youngest Adelaide United player to ever take the field in the Men’s or Women’s A-League competitions. She will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Alex Chidiac and Emma Checker, who both received their Adelaide United debuts at 15 before going to represent the Matildas.
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It was after the Reds conceded early in the second half that Grigg was informed by assistant coach and her NTC coach Michele Lastella she would be making her first appearance. It would be a move that would top off arguably the most significant week of her young career so far.
“It took a while for it to actually kick in that I was where I was, and then about when Michele said to me that I’m going on in 10 to 15 minutes, it was like ‘this is actually happening,'” Grigg said.
Grigg provided the energy Stenta was looking for but was also caught offside when the Reds were chasing an equaliser. Her side was unable to get a share of the points, but history was written in a day Grigg and her family will never forget.
While the gap between the WNPL and the A-League is one the midfielder will have to adapt to, she has mentors to aid her development, including the player she unceded as the youngest Adelaide United player to ever take the field, Emily Condon.
“It’s good having a lot of older girls out there to kind of push me and tell me what things I can do next and better things to do, which is really good,” she said.
Grigg noted that Condon took the opportunity to joke with her that she now needs to score in her second appearance, just like she did when she was a 15-year-old breaking through the Adelaide United system.
The Reds remain on the hunt for their maiden victory of the 2023/24 season and take on the third-placed Wellington Phoenix on Saturday at Marden Sports Complex in Adelaide.