Kris Miller makes WAFL history with 300th game

Miller celebrates
Miller celebrates

South Fremantle's Kris Miller will become the sixth player in the history West Australian football to play 300 matches.

Miller said he was honoured to be joining the exclusive short list of WAFL champions – Bill Dempsey, Mil Whinnen, Jack Sheedy, Bill Walker and Brian Peake.

"They're actually legends in the WA football. I met them the other day and it was pretty inspiring.

"I'm nowhere near the achievements that they've achieved but to be on the same page in games – at least I have some things in common with some fantastic players," he said.

It is a feat that is unlikely to be repeated anytime soon. East Perth's Chris Wulff is the next longest-serving current player with 223 matches under his belt.

In a sport that is often plagued by injury Miller's WAFL career has been described as outstanding, having never missed a game through injury. The player said there is no secret to his durability.

"I think I have a reasonable pain threshold – so I can just put the pain aside sometimes and worry about it the next day. But I think I've been very lucky aswell."

He began his career at East Fremantle in 1999 where he went on to play more than 153 matches – earning him life membership. While at the club he won a Lynn Medal and played in the losing 2000 grand final.

Miller moved across to rival team South Fremantle in 2007.

He said it was a tough decision to make, but it turned out to be the best thing that could have happened to his career – becoming a three-time fairest and best winner, and a premiership player.

"My greatest achievement is definitely playing in the 2009 Premiership. [Fairest and best medals] are nice things to get at the time and nice to look on at the end of the day, but I can only really celebrate those with myself.

"So it's not as much fun as being able to celebrate that team success with everyone else," Miller said.

While he never played AFL, Miller said he was fortunate to have been put on the rookie list for a year with the West Coast Eagles.

"A lot of people don't even get that chance. It would have been a great thing to play AFL and, you know, test yourself against the best – but things like that aren't always in your control," Miller said.

The 33-year-old said he had no foreseeable plans of retiring – though 2014 could be his last year.

"I'm only 33 but in football terms that's quite old. So effectively I treat every game as if it's my last. I've been lucky, but I'm probably only one injury away from not being able to play at this level anymore."

South Fremantle take on Perth at Fremantle Oval on Friday night.

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