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Miller happy to be back on Coast

Maroochy Surf Classic Open Men's winner Mitch Miller.
Maroochy Surf Classic Open Men's winner Mitch Miller. john mccutcheon

MITCH Miller says his return to the Coast will deliver him his best result in this year's ironman series.

The former Noosa Heads Surf Life Saving Club member moved to the Gold Coast in 2011 to train with super coach Pat O'Keefe at North Burleigh.

After struggling with a rib injury and finishing 19th in that year's series, Miller switched allegiances to Northcliffe to train under Barry Newman, Gavin Hill and Tate Smith.

But Miller, 20, returned to the Coast this week for "personal reasons" and has moved back in with his father. He said he envisaged his homecoming would translate to success in the water.

"My dad and his partner have bought the lease to the Kawana pool and I saw it as a chance to work the pool and have a different training environment," he said.

"Hopefully it will pay off in the series and it's just good to back home with dad again."

Miller confirmed he will stay with Northcliffe and scuttled suggestions there were hard feelings between him and the club.

"Everything's fine and I've got no intentions to leave the club," he said.

"There's nothing wrong there and it's a bit of a change up and I won't be training with a squad."

Miller is in recovery mode after breaking his foot in the off-season.

Having only removed his "moon boot" a month ago, Miller said it was imperative he continued to recuperate well to ensure he was ready for the Nutri-Grain Series opener at Margaret River in late October.

"I'm just focusing on getting fit and getting things back up to speed before the series starts," he said.

"But I should be fine and they say it only takes eight to 10 weeks, so it'll be sweet."

And with the series confirming a return to big wave competitions this year, Miller said he anticipated only the strongest ironmen to excel.

"I think the more naturally skilled people are going to shine, so it'll be the test of the toughest," he said.

"If we get to Portsea and Margaret River over in Perth with 10-foot plus swell, then there's only going to be a special breed that are going to be able to handle it."

Topics:  mitch miller, surf lifesaving


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