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Re: Anthony Milford
« Reply #60 on: October 11, 2013, 03:56:50 PM »
Congratulations to Anthony Milford for making the Toa Samoa Squad for the Rugby League World Cup!

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« Reply #61 on: October 11, 2013, 04:00:39 PM »
2013 Player Review: Anthony Milford

Anthony Milford’s season in 2013 was simply breathtaking. After making his NRL debut in round five against the Sydney Roosters, Milford’s spectacular form over the ensuing 17 games saw him nominated for the NRL Rookie of the Year, win the Meninga Medal at the Raiders presentation night and ultimately announce himself as one of the hottest young prospects in the game.

All this at just 19 years of age.

To think that Milford was playing SG Ball last year simply boggles the mind.

Milford came off the interchange bench for his debut in round five however by the end of the year he was one of the first players chosen in the starting side and had developed into one of the most pivotal attacking cogs in Canberra’s line-up.

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« Reply #62 on: October 17, 2013, 11:51:36 AM »
Heading home could harm career: Wiki

Canberra legend Ruben Wiki has urged Raiders rookie Anthony Milford to choose carefully before deciding on a move back to Brisbane, insisting the ''distractions'' of home may hamper his development.

Milford is weighing up whether to remain with the Raiders next year, or move back to Queensland for family reasons.

The 19-year-old won Canberra's Mal Meninga medal after a superb debut NRL season, but the Broncos are his likely suitors if he activates a compassionate clause in his contract.

Wiki, New Zealand's most capped player, was embroiled in a similar tug of war in 1995 when he won a court battle to stay with the Raiders after also signing a deal with the Warriors.

He eventually joined the Warriors as a senior statesman 10 years later, but he credits battling homesickness head on and sticking with Canberra as a youngster for his career longevity.

''He [Milford] needs to stay away from it [home]. I think he needs to be away from those distractions,'' Wiki said.

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Re: Anthony Milford
« Reply #63 on: October 17, 2013, 12:00:26 PM »
Raiders Locke in all options to replace Milford

THE Canberra Raiders have initiated contingency plans to replace rookie sensation Anthony Milford, approaching New Zealand Test fullback Kevin Locke before the Warriors stepped in to block his release for next year.

The Raiders are not budging on Milford's request for an immediate release, adamant the 19-year-old will see out the remaining year of his contract in Canberra next year.

But there is growing concern at the club that even if Milford does continue playing for the Raiders next year, he is likely to link with the Brisbane Broncos in 2015.

The Raiders have plenty of room to move in the salary cap after the sackings of representative stars Josh Dugan and Blake Ferguson last season.

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Re: Anthony Milford
« Reply #64 on: October 17, 2013, 12:04:08 PM »
Stuart expects Milford be at Raiders in 2014

''I'm expecting [Milford] back [next season] but I don't know if it's any clearer,'' Stuart said. ‘‘You don’t want to lose players of his calibre, he’s a player of the future.

''He’s got such a career in front of him, he’s going to be an outstanding player. He’s already shown now what he can do.... we certainly don’t want to lose him.''

The loss of Dugan, Ferguson, Shaun Berrigan, Sam Williams and utility Joel Thompson has left Canberra most exposed in the back line. But Stuart said he would not buy in players in a panic.

‘‘I have been looking around talking to other player managers but at this stage of the season because there is money available you don’t just want to go out and spend it willy nilly. It’s important to spend it in areas where you want to create more depth. You’ve got to be smart about spending the money.’’

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Re: Anthony Milford
« Reply #65 on: October 17, 2013, 12:10:29 PM »
Milford must trust his instincts: Vagana

Former New Zealand international Nigel Vagana has urged Anthony Milford to ''trust his gut'' as the homesick star wrestles with staying with the Canberra Raiders or returning to Brisbane.

The 19-year-old is yet to make a decision on his future, and is unlikely to do so before heading to the World Cup with Samoa. ''The only real advice you can give to the young kid is to trust your gut and stay true to your values,'' Vagana said.

''Regardless of what's happening around you, look internally to see what you're made of and you'll come out the other end.

''We've all seen that on the field with Tony this year, [but] off the field he is a young guy and we need to understand that.''

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