Brisbane playmaker Anthony Milford’s career is at a crossroads with the club reportedly refusing to offer him a new deal after dropping him for journeyman Albert Kelly.
The maligned Queensland Origin star has been a scapegoat for Brisbane’s poor form over the last three years and was axed for the second time this year on Tuesday.
Milford will be replaced by Kelly who spent the last few years at Hull FC in the Super League.
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Speaking on NRL360 on Fox League, veteran caller Ray Hadley said it was no surprise Milford was on the outer.
“It won’t come as a major shock to Anthony or anyone who watched him to play. He’s on a lot of money and Kevvie’s said he won’t get another one,” Hadley said.
“Kelly has re-emerged, he’s now 30 and approaching 31. I think Kevvie’s desperately searching for answers, but I think the question might be too hard.
“The coach has said he’s gone, it doesn’t matter whether Adam Reynolds is going there.
“He’s had his time, it hasn’t worked out and he may blossom under a new coach in a different environment, but he won’t be at Brisbane and nor should he be.”
NRL360 co-host Paul Kent said the Broncos were making a smart move by telling Milford early in the season so both parties could prepare for the future.
But Kent highlighted the fact that the selection of Kelly to go up against Sam Walker showed how badly the Broncos have got it all wrong over the last few seasons
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“Milford – you go back to the grand final in 2016 – he’s never reached that peak again,” Kent said.
“Good on Kevvie for recognising that. He might be back later this year with injuries and whatnot.
“Let him know, let him go to market and find his true value. That’s where he’s at now, he’s worth half of what he’s on at Brisbane right now.
“It’s been seven years since Kelly played NRL and to be fair he came into the NRL with a bang and never quite delivered, he was the Anthony Milford of his time.
“Hugely skilful but never quite got there, he’s expected to come back after seven years out of the NRL to a game that’s much quicker against the Roosters.
“How bittersweet is this weekend going to be for the Broncos when they run out Albert Kelly as their possible saviour and in the opposition is Sam Walker who they let go because they told him he was a fullback.”
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