Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Since joining the Brisbane Broncos in 2015, Anthony Milford’s career has experienced many ups and downs.
In his very first season at the club, Brisbane would make the NRL Grand Final, with Milford an integral part of their campaign.
This was followed by further selections for Samoa and an Origin debut for Queensland in 2017.
Over the past couple of years, however, Milford’s career has taken a downward turn, with the masses displeased with his form and the Broncos tumbling down the ladder.
He is currently in the last year of his $1,000,000 per season deal at the Broncos, and it is unclear as to how his future will play out, but here are a few possibilities.
REMAIN IN BRISBANE
Milford still has the rest of 2021 to turn his form around and save his career at the Brisbane Broncos.
If the 26-year-old can get back to his best and drag this club out of its current rut, then he will most certainly be offered a contract extension and one that may make him a Bronco for life.
This would likely be Milford’s ideal scenario as he grew up in the area.
MOVE TO THE COWBOYS
Speculation has already begun that the North Queensland Cowboys are displaying an interest in Anthony Milford’s services for the 2022 season onwards.
Jason Taumalolo, Michael Morgan and Valentine Holmes are all currently earning $1,000,000 per season up north, so it is unlikely that the club would match what Milford is being paid at the Broncos.
Although, this would be a positive for the Samoan International, as a smaller salary and a move away from the NRL’s biggest brand means less pressure on Milford to perform.
RETURN TO CANBERRA
As a teenager, Anthony Milford set the world alight for the Canberra Raiders in the SG Ball and Holden Cup competitions, before making an impact in first grade for the club during the 2013 and 2014 NRL seasons.
Canberra is where Milford was given his first opportunity in the NRL, well they may become the club that allows him to reinvigorate his career.
The Raiders’ spine quite simply can not be broken into, with Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad breaking into the Kiwis squad not too long ago, Jack Wighton winning the 2020 Dally M Medal, George Williams being the current England halfback, and Josh Hodgson captaining the club, so where do you play Milford?
On a reduced deal, Anthony Milford would prove a solid 14, with his versatility in the backline coming into play, and after a season or two, if he is playing well then clubs will be clamouring services in their starting lineup.
SIGN WITH A SUPER LEAGUE CLUB
Recently, players such as Aiden Sezer, Blake Austin and Jackson Hastings have reinvented themselves after moving to Super League and there is no reason as to why Milford could not have a career renaissance over in England too.
Attacking football takes prominence over defence in Super League traditionally, and this would give Milford the freedom to get creative with the ball in hand and take England by storm.