PORT ADELAIDE’S first selection in the 2019 NAB AFL National Draft Miles Bergman says he can’t wait to get to Alberton and soak in the rich history and tradition of the club.
The whirlwind nature of draft night means it hasn’t all sunk in for Bergman yet, but the 18-year-old says he is grateful for the opportunity Port Adelaide has given him.
“I’m just stoked to be here and part of the club,” Bergman told portadelaidefc.com.au after being selected by Port Adelaide with pick 14 on Wednesday night.
“I’m really excited. I probably didn’t expect it, but I’m really grateful and can’t wait to get started.
“I can’t wait to be a part of this rich history the club has.
“Hopefully I fit in well with the boys, as well as the fans.”
The Sandringham Dragons product was presented with his Power guernsey on stage by four-time All-Australian Robbie Gray, and he hopes to learn as much as he can from the likes of Gray and Travis Boak.
“I’m really grateful for the opportunity. Hopefully I can learn a lot from those boys and they can teach me the things they’ve learned over the years,” Bergman said.
“Hopefully I can become a really mature, good player to the best of my ability.”
The midfielder/forward said he doesn’t enjoy talking about himself much, but hopes he can bring some more excitement and flair to an already exciting list at Alberton.
“I’ve never been one to talk about myself,” Bergman said.
“I’ve always been pretty quiet, so it’s hard to wrap my head around it, but I think you’ve got to get used to it.
“I probably try to bring some excitement and a bit of flair.
“I like to take the game on, go for some hangers. I try and excite the game a bit.”
Bergman was supported on draft night by his family, and he couldn’t thank them enough for the opportunity they have given him to play professional football.
“Obviously, I’ll be moving state, but they are happy for me and what I’m doing,” he said.
“It was good to give them a hug. I’ve appreciated everything they’ve done for me this year to get here.”
Bergman was joined by Mitchell Georgiades at the Port Adelaide on Wednesday night, while the Power will enter the remainder of the draft with picks 22, 55, 60, 61 and 83.