Letting skills speak Kyle’s style

September 22, 2017

Mercurial Kyabram forward Kyle Mueller.

Kyle Mueller is a young footballer who prefers to let his exciting skills do the talking for him.

These skills have been on display during a breakout season where Mueller has kicked 62 goals as a permanent forward pocket.

Only his illustrious teammate, former Richmond player Kayne Pettifer, has kicked more goals in the Goulburn Valley Football League this season.

For a small forward to achieve such a feat as Mueller has this season has had league observers scratching their heads as to who was the last small forward to make such an impact.

Seymour freak Saad Saad comes to mind immediately.

Although not big, he held down full-forward in his time with the Lions and was unstoppable in his prime. But there are similarities with Mueller and Saad.

Both are skilful, acrobatic players with the X-factor.

Mueller put his stellar season down to being relatively injury free and trying to prove a couple of points.

A fierce competitive spirit has led to some frustrating injuries during the past three seasons that have sidelined him for weeks at a time, but he has missed just one game this season.

He also feels his time with the Bendigo Pioneers had not advanced his career as much as having senior experience with the Bombers during the past three seasons.

He had a lot of bench time and was thrown all over the field in his time with the Pioneers.

He said he felt he had not been given a proper chance to display his skills or to settle in a position where he could play his best football.

He was also bitterly disappointed to miss out on last year’s premiership-winning Kyabram side, although acknowledging an injury suffered late in the season gave him little chance of earning a spot in the line-up that had been settled for finals.

Mueller, 20, played his first senior game at Kyabram under David Williams when he was a 16.

He was part of the 2014 Kyabram finals campaign that ended at the hands of the eventual premier Shepparton Swans in the preliminary final.

Williams thought he was a special talent then and is not one bit surprised with what he has achieved this season.

These achievements peaked in a win against Shepparton in a history making qualifying final at Mooroopna three weeks ago.

Mueller mesmerised players and supporters under lights that evening with seven goals, missing a couple and handing off another.

He gathered 15 kicks took seven marks inside 50 in his matchwinning display.

After the final siren in that game Mueller baulked at having an on-field interview immediately with a 98.5 ONE FM boundary rider.

He said he was not trying to be disrespectful to the would-be interviewer, but he just did not enjoy being in the spotlight.

Hates it in fact.

Mueller rarely reads newspapers or watches or listens to local footy shows.

He said he preferred to try and let his actions out on the field do the talking for him.

Well he certainly has done that this season.

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