GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 27: Oleg Markov of the Tigers controls the ball during the round 14 AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the West Coast Eagles at Metricon Stadium on August 27, 2020 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

After moving from Richmond to the Gold Coast during the 2020 trade period, Oleg Markov looks set to play off the half-back line in 2021.

Markov, 24, played just the 23 games in five years at the Tigers and was behind the likes of Bachar Houli, Jayden Short and Nick Vlastuin in the pecking order and was unable to get a decent run at it for the club.

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Now, Markov has a chance to show his worth.

Speaking on Sportsday, Gold Coast coach Stuart Dew is looking forward to what the former Tiger can bring to the club.

“We’ve probably followed him a little bit. He’s clearly been in a good system for five years tucked in behind some really good players across half-back,” Dew said.

“We think he can add real speed, but also a mature body and having gone through five pre-seasons we think he adds to our group and brings different energy as well.

“We’re looking to add some speed and run off half-back and with Pearce Hanley retiring, we thought it was a good fit to give him an opportunity.”

Markov played 23 AFL games for the Tigers since making his senior debut in 2016.