Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
At the end of last season Anthony Milford was without a club and his future in the NRL uncertain.
Fast forward to a little over halfway through season 2022 and he is thriving at the Newcastle Knights without too much pressure on his shoulders.
Newcastle is languishing in 12th place on the ladder but the blame certainly can not be placed on Milford who has been one of the Knights only players to maintain a consistent run of form since joining the club as a mid-season signing.
This has led to a small bidding war for Milford’s services as former head coach Wayne Bennett is looking to build a strong side for the Dolphins inaugural season in 2023 and has the Samoan international in his sights.
The Daily Telegraph originally reported that the Dolphins had offered Milford a one-year deal but have since upped their offer to a two-year deal after the Knights tabled their half a three-year contract extension.
A move to the Dolphins gives Milford a great opportunity to be the centrepiece of the NRL’s newest franchise and move back to his home state of Queensland.
However, he would be faced with the same problem that plagued his time at the Broncos.
Dolphins up offer in fight for Milford, Knights star to extend stay: Transfer Whispers 🧐🔁💸🎯
— Fox League (@FOXNRL) July 8, 2022
The pressure on Milford to perform would be immense upon moving to the Dolphins and he would face a lot of media scrutiny.
If Milford decides to extend his stay in Newcastle then he would be committing to a side that is very much in a rebuilding phase and could deal with some real struggles in the next couple of years, but this also gives the 27-year-old another opportunity.
At the Knights Milford could be the focal point of the club’s rebuild and do so with next to no pressure as the Newcastle faithful are known for their unwavering support no matter what situation the team is in.
Milford has a big decision to make over the coming months that could severely alter the trajectory of his career and his legacy for better or worse.
The half is yet to give any real indication as to which offer he is leaning towards.