Mills marking time on AFL sidelines

WAYDE MILLS’ AFL career is over, at least for 2009.

The20-year-old, from Lennox Head, failed to attract interest from any of the AFL’s 15 other clubs at November’s national draft, last week’s second chance pre-season draft and the under-23 rookie draft.

Despite showing some promise in 2007, when he played 11 senior games, seven on the trot from Round 14, Mills could not hold down a regular spot and the Lions delisted him in Setpember.

Mills joined Brisbane as their second selection (25th overall) at the 2005 national draft and became a project player of sorts as the Lions tried to use his height and considerable bulk in a key defensive role, then switched up the ground as a forward.

His best performance in 2007 was two goals as a forward against North Melbourne at the Gabba in Round 18.

Mills’ career tally stands at 16 senior games over three seasons. He nominated for the November and December drafts but with the incoming Gold Coast Football Club set to have the pick of selections from next year, the 16 AFL clubs opted to stock up with the best young talent in the country.
Mills’ nomination, however, is valid for the next two years.


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