Milf’s Bennett SOS after fresh Kevvie spray

Broncos coach Kevin Walters has delivered a stinging appraisal of Anthony Milford's form as Brisbane's $1 million playmaker reached out to former mentor Wayne Bennett for guidance.

Sport Confidential understands the Broncos are unlikely to offer Milford a contract next season, opening the door for two Sydney-based rivals, who have expressed interest in the off-contract five-eighth.

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Walters last week axed Milford for the first time in his 185-game NRL career and was hoping Brisbane's highest-paid player would carve up for Souths Logan in their Intrust Super Cup clash against Norths Devils.

Walters attended Davies Park to keep a close eye on Milford and wasn't impressed by what he saw as he struggled to impose himself in the Magpies' 39-22 loss.

"Last week it was a tough game," Walters said.

Former Broncos coach Wayne Bennett embraces Anthony Milford in 2018. Picture: AAP/Dave Hunt
Former Broncos coach Wayne Bennett embraces Anthony Milford in 2018. Picture: AAP/Dave Hunt


"I was out at Souths and watched it ... if I was to be honest, no he sort of wasn't up to the standard that we believe he can play at.

"But that's one game of four or five, that's how many it will take for him to get back to the football we know he can play."

Asked if Milford will be back in the NRL, Walters said: "It won't be my decision, it will be Anthony's decision as to whether he makes his way back into the team or not. He has been given some clear instructions about what he needs to do. When he does that, he will be back in the side."

While there is interest in Milford, NRL rivals are looking at the 26-year-old as a fullback rather than a five-eighth.

 

Kevin Walters slammed Anthony Milford’s reserve grade performance. Picture: Liam Kidston.
Kevin Walters slammed Anthony Milford’s reserve grade performance. Picture: Liam Kidston.

 

Milford is facing a minimum $500,000 pay cut to save his NRL career next season and a move to the No.1 jumper where he started at Canberra could help get his spark back.

Searching for support, Milford has been in contact with former Broncos coach Bennett, who is now in charge of South Sydney.

Bennett was coach of the Broncos in 2015 when Milford went within a whisker of winning the Clive Churchill Medal.

Bennett was sacked by the the Broncos after the 2018 season but still has strong relationships with many Brisbane players.

Originally published as Milf's Bennett SOS after fresh Kevvie spray