Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Anthony Milford’s time at the Brisbane Broncos started with a close to dream season as the then 21-year-old had made a seamless transition from fullback to five-eighth and arguably put on a performance worthy of the Clive Churchill Medal in the 2015 NRL Grand Final.
This would eventually lead to him being selected in the Australia squad for the 2016 Four Nations tournament and given his State of Origin debut for Queensland in 2017.
However, things took a turn for the worse following this period, as Milford’s form took a dive that the Samoan International could never really recover from, granted he did have a relatively strong end to the 2021 NRL season.
Milford was thrown a lifeline by eventual runners up the South Sydney Rabbitohs towards the end of last season for 2022, although an off-field issue has seen the NRL not register his contract and it seems the Rabbitohs are set to cut ties with the 27-year-old.
His time with South Sydney may be coming to an end, but in a shocking turn of events, Milford may have already found himself a new club for 2023 according to The Courier-Mail.
“The Courier-Mail can reveal the Rabbitohs are on the verge of cutting Milford loose as doubt hovers over his 2022 availability,” reported The Courier Mail’s Travis Meyn.
“After collecting $1 million in the final season of his controversial Broncos contract last year, Milford is back living in Brisbane and technically unemployed after the NRL refused to register his one-year contract with the Rabbitohs.
“Milford was training on his own in Sydney and with renowned sprint coach Roger Fabri before deciding to come back to Brisbane.
“Milford is odds-on to reunite with former Broncos coach Wayne Bennett at the Dolphins for their inaugural NRL season next year.”
The Dolphins are yet to sign a first grade experienced half to their squad, with options amongst players coming off contract at the end of this season scarce.
A move like this by The Dolphins could prove good value for money, but will also put huge pressure on Milford once again to perform at a high level for the NRL’s newest franchise.