Brisbane Broncos expects Anthony Milford to be “inflamed” against his former club upon his return to the NRL.
After a turbulent seven years in Brisbane, Milford signed an annual contract with Rabbitohs for 2022, but when he was charged with three counts of assault in September, the NRL refused to register the contract.
Charges of assault from Milford were dropped in April, and after the NRL’s own investigation allowed the 27-year-old to return to play with the Newcastle Knights from Round 11.
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Jake Clifford and Adam Clooney are struggling to regain the form they showed in the first two weeks of the season, and two weeks ago Clifford gave up on Tex Hoya.
Milford has a chance to go straight to the side on Thursday night, and if he does, the Broncos expect he’ll be very excited to go.
“If he does play, it would be nice to see him back in the NRL,” said former Broncos teammate Thomas Flegler.
“It’s his first game in a while and he’s going against his former club, he’s definitely going to catch fire.”
On Monday afternoon, Knights coach Adam O’Brien remained tight-lipped about whether Milford would make his debut at the club this week.
“Milford in the election. I don’t have to pick a team until Tuesday afternoon, so then I’ll do it, ”he said.
“Obviously the headache of the choice is welcome. In a few weeks we had up to eight guys (due to injuries) ”.
In the Magic Round the Knights tasted victory for the first time in almost two months, but they still have a lot of work to do to attack.
Only the Bulldogs scored fewer points than Newcastle in the first 10 rounds of the season, but with a Milford-caliber playmaker this week things could turn around.
We all know Myth. He plays in the eyes and can be very dangerous, so we will be very aware of him and where he plays, ”said Flegler.
Brisbane itself looks very dangerous – the Broncos seem to have put behind their two worst seasons in history and are now ranked seventh in the ladder.
But the Broncos will not take the Knights lightly as they seek to bring down their first of 2017 winning streak of five games.
“We know that (the Knights) are winning, and they will be very confident,” Flegler said.
“It’s going to be a daunting task this weekend, so we’re going to focus on what we need to do.”
Flagler set out Brisbane’s winning paths to improving defense attitudes.
In the last four weeks, “Broncos” lost 33 points. In the relevant rounds last year, they let down 143 people.
“We have become much better in defense. We have come a long way, ”Flegler said.
“I think at the moment we will benefit from these small areas of effort, a small one percent.
“We have to keep it going.”