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Can South Sydney bring back the old Anthony Milford?

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28th July, 2021

The South Sydney Rabbitohs have reportedly shown interest in signing unwanted Broncos half Anthony Milford for season 2022.

That’s when Adam Reynolds is set to join the Brisbane Broncos and current assistant coach Jason Demetriou becomes the Bunnies actual coach when Wayne Bennett departs the club.

Demetriou who worked under Bennett at the Broncos and knows Milford very well, believes that a move to South Sydney can revive his career.

Anthony won’t be offered top dollar as his form has disappeared. The 27-year-old half has played nine games this season and has forced six goal-line drop outs, has setup four tries and averages 72 running metres.

The incoming South Sydney coach also believes that he can revive the unwanted playmaker’s career and this is a low risk and high reward situation that Souths are in.

There was a report that I saw that Milford was being offered 350k for two years and after losing players like Jayden Su’A, Reynolds and Dane Gagai, then that frees up space for Souths in the salary cap.

I believe that putting Milford in a team where he isn’t really the centre of attention like he is up at Brisbane can really free Milford up and release a lot of pressure from his shoulders. If he was to join South Sydney then playing with Cody Walker, Latrell Mitchell, Damien Cook, Cameron Murray along with South Sydney’s very strong forward then that can free up Milford to play his natural game.

Anthony Milford of the Broncos

Anthony Milford of the Broncos looks dejected during the round two NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Brisbane Broncos at Cbus Super Stadium on March 19, 2021, in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)

If Milford was to go to South Sydney and play in the halves with Cody Walker then all Milford really has to do is create opportunities or even half chances with his running game.


He must give time to Cody Walker and Latrell Mitchell to do their thing on attack and the most important thing will be his kicking game. Now Milford will never get to the kicking game that Reynolds does but he can certainly kick and force the opposition to play deep out of their own half of the field.

Milford’s defence has been a huge disappointment in recent years and he can certainly learn how to defend better with the Rabbitohs coaching staff and also Cook and Murray who are great defensive players and those two players can certainly help Milford out on defence.

If Milford was to play on his normal side of the field then he would be on the same side as Keaon Koloamatangi, Campbell Graham and whoever is playing on the right wing.

If Milford does end up playing halfback for Souths which as I said before is a low risk and high reward situation considering that Milford won’t be on a lot of money but if Demetriou can get the best out of Milford and he can build a strong combination with Cook, Mitchell, Walker and Murray along with his right edge then who knows what could happen.