Muller is sheer magic
TO DESCRIBE Grafton Ghost Matt Muller as a natural footballer is to submit to cliche, but there is no better term.
Muller has only played rugby league for four years, but the way he slices through the opposition defence and his ability to pop up for an offload, you would think he'd been on a football field his whole life.
The 19-year-old spent most of his junior years playing different sports, including, but not limited to, hockey, football (soccer) and swimming. He has not looked back since making the move to league and has been a mainstay in the Ghosts' first grade backline since last year.
This season has seen a shift to the flank for the former fullback, but that has only helped his try-scoring exploits.
"Playing outside Az (Aaron Hartmann) would have a lot to do with that," Muller said.
"I haven't played wing for years, but it's been all right. I played some centre and five-eighth in 18s, covering when others weren't there.
"Five-eighth wasn't bad, but it doesn't bother me where I play."
To play at all this season is a triumph for Muller, who has battled an ankle injury for at least the past few weeks.
He said it was supposed to take four to six weeks to overcome his tendonitis, but there was little to no chance he'd step back.
"I've been playing in an ankle brace," Muller said.
"It's a bit of a weird one. It's good one week and bad the next. I get to the physio when I can and keep icing."
While most of his teammates will enjoy this weekend off, Muller could line up for the Group Two Redbacks against Group Three.
The starting side will be confirmed tomorrow night when the squad meets to train.
Muller is one of five Ghosts in contention.
If selected, it will be the first time Muller has played a senior rep fixture, after being included in the Northern Rivers side as a future representative last year.
"It's a similar situation to last year, where they've got a few juniors in with the main team," Muller said.
"Hopefully I'm in the 17."
The Ghosts were forced to work hard for their 34-4 win over Bellingen Magpies.
Muller admitted he did not think Bellingen were too tough a side based on the talk around the team.
But he was surprised how strongly they came out.
"They came out well, so we had to grind the whole game," he said.
Brett Wicks was named man of the match.
It was mixed results for the lower grades, with reserve grade winning 42-10 and under-18s going down 20-6.
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