24/04/2024

Miles Bergman in training. Picture: Port Adelaide FC.

Port Adelaide's development of its youngsters has been second to none in recent years, but we're yet to see 2019 first round pick Miles Bergman.

The AFL world hasn’t seen the full extent of Port Adelaide’s youthful army.

In recent years, we’ve seen the arrival of Connor Rozee, Xavier Duursma, Zak Butters and Mitch Georgiades – but we’re yet to see the arrival of Miles Bergman, Port’s first selection from the 2019 AFL Draft.

Despite not making his debut in 2020, Bergman said he enjoyed his first year in the AFL system.

“I thought it was pretty good, it was a weird introduction into AFL with all that was going on,” he said.

“The club was really welcoming and I loved my first year’s experience.

“It would’ve been great to get a game (last year), I was really close but had a couple of injuries which moved me back and then I moved positions.

“That’s all part of it, so had to keep training and push for my spot early this year.”

The start of Bergman’s campaign in 2020 was interrupted by injuries, but he admits he’s ready and raring to go for 2021.

“I’m feeling a lot better (this year), last year I had a few injuries during the pre-season, so I was held back and this year I feel a lot better and I’ve been out on the track for most of the pre-season, even if it’s been a bit shorter,” he said.

“The whole team looks really strong at the moment, so we’re hoping we can go one step further than we did last year.

“I’ve been making sure my body is fully fit and getting that running capacity up, but during trainings just focusing on the contest stuff and getting right in amongst it.”

Late last year in an interview with The Inner Sanctum, new Port Adelaide chief executive Matthew Richardson said Bergman was looking like a “serious footballer”.

Bergman admitted building his size was one of his priorities.

“I think first day back a few people mentioned I looked a lot bigger, in the off-season I did some work on putting on some size, because as a first year player you can be a bit smaller and a bigger frame can help you feel more comfortable in the contest,” he said.

But, it’s not the only thing Port fans can look forward to in 2021.

“Probably my run and carry with the ball and good use by foot, strong hands in the air off half-back,” he said.

“This year I think we’ve got a really strong list with Darcy Byrne-Jones moving into the leadership group as well, we’re all ready to go and are really confident about the year.”

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