NEWS Broncos lose $1M man indefinitely

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Anthony Milford injury adds to Brisbane’s 2019 woes
Lachlan grey and Chris Honnery, The Courier-Mail
July 1, 2019 8:01am

The Broncos have confirmed million-dollar man Anthony Milford will be out indefinitely with a knee injury. The club announced the playmaker suffered left-lateral knee damage during last weekend’s loss to Newcastle with club medics reporting Milford would be sidelined indefinitely. Brisbane athletic performance coach Andrew Croll said: “It looks as though the early diagnosis is a lateral meniscus (injury).”


Anthony Milford will be sidelined indefinitely with a knee injury. Picture: AAP

“The severity could be anywhere between one to two weeks with a conservative approach. “If requiring surgery, depending on if it’s a repair or removal, (recovery could be) anywhere between six to 12 weeks.” The injury couldn’t have come at a worse time for under-siege Broncos coach Anthony Seibold, who faces a litmus test against Cronulla on Sunday without a host of players. Matt Gillett, Corey Oates, David Fifita, Joe Ofahengaue and Payne Haas will be ruled out with Origin commitments while luckless winger Richard Kennar looks likely to undergo surgery to a dislocated shoulder pending results from a surgical review on Tuesday. He’ll join halfback Tom Dearden (due back Rd 20), backrower Alex Glenn (Rd 16) and centre Jack Bird (season) in Brisbane’s growing casualty ward and though Glenn is hopeful of returning from his own knee complaint and lining up against the Sharks, Milford’s injury leaves Brisbane dangerously low on star power. The Broncos have already lost Kodi Nikorima (Warriors), Tanah Boyd (Titans) and teen sensation Sam Walker (Roosters) to rival clubs and with both Milford and Dearden sidelined for the immediate future, Brisbane’s hopes will rest upon rookie halves options Sean O’Sullivan, Troy Dargan and Cory Paix.

With Darius Boyd likely to return to fullback in Milford’s absence, O’Sullivan should retain the halfback jersey and leave the five-eighth role to either Dargan, Paix or versatile hooker Jake Turpin. All three options are a gamble given their inexperience at NRL level but Seibold has few options at his disposal. Statistically, Dargan leads Paix head-to-head in this year’s Intrust Super Cup with nine try assists, seven line break assists and 2,027 kicking metres to Paix’s five try assists, four line break assists and 1,301 kicking metres. Yet Paix has Seibold’s confidence after signing a three-year extension last week while Turpin could be favoured over both given his breakout season and capacity to play in the halves. Playmakers aren’t Brisbane’s only concern - with both Oates and Kennar unavailable this week, Brisbane are set to blood untried wingers Xavier Coates and Herbie Farnsworth against the experienced Sharks backline.

 
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PerthBrissy987

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What if coates and fsrnsworth kill it ?

Does isaako even get back into the squad, he has said in the past about going to union for the all blacks so we need to move on.
 

Alec

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What if coates and fsrnsworth kill it ?

Does isaako even get back into the squad, he has said in the past about going to union for the all blacks so we need to move on.
Didn't Isaako re-sign for a good number of years (3 or 4 or something?). We might have no choice unless we release him like everyone else lol.
 

Accept

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Injuries, suspensions early on and a tough draw has killed us this year.
The injury toll has been lighter than most clubs, suspensions to Lodge, Haas and TPJ were costly but good teams overcome that. Apart from the first four games, this has been the easiest draw in years but has proven to be the hardest for this current version of the Broncos. A young pack, a weak spine and a vastly inexperienced coach with whom some players aren't responding to are the main reasons behind this paltry season.
 

Skyblues87

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Well lets replace the 1m man with a low wage rookie and see if we get the same performance. Season is over nothing to lose. Could be pleasantly surprised then its bye bye to another overpaid prima donna.
 
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mrslong

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Will be very interesting to see how we go without Milford. I think it's going to be diabolical, I'm a massive Milford fan and think he gets overly criticised by his haters....I'm hoping this period can shut them up when it becomes apparent how much he actually does for this team, but if we thrive, maybe this will be a harsh reality for me and the pro-Milf club.
 

NSW stables

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2020 here we come!

But the remainder of the season will be telling. No more auditions for origin, and finals are gone, contracts being finalised, so the sole motivation will be for the pride they have in their jersey and teammates. It will be interesting to see who stands up and shows that they are proud to be a bronco. Those players should be the ones earmarked for the leadership group.
 

KnToad

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Funny how so many of these "Next Big Things" on huge $$$ contracts just haven't worked out....
Titans gave Taylor too much on "potential"
Dragons paid overs for Hunt to get him and while he hasn't flopped he has not been worth over $1M per season
And we panicked and locked in Milf on huge $$$ when we were worried someone else would steal him.
In the meantime the Jimmy Maloney's of the comp have been getting paid much less and taken experience and know how with them from club to club and brought success in different forms wherever they've been.
I'm not comparing Milf to Maloney on talent but every club needs experienced old heads to know what to do and when to do it and to guide the big money kids
We are missing that and have been since Locky retired....
Thaiday, Parker and Hodges filled in but were never at the same level and since they've been gone we have had Glenn, Boyd, Macca and Gillo who spent last year injured and has been a shadow of his old self this year...
We need a "Jimmy Winner" right now to help nurse us through this mess....
 

Broncapz

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Apart from Corey Oates/Jack Bird, we do not have a single player that is top 3 in their position.
 
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Rookie Alan

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Apart from Corey Oates/Jack Bird, we do not have a single player that is top 3 in their position.
On the club level, I’d say Oats are not for sure top 3 wingers through the whole comp, even he’s in Origin, at least I wouldn’t say Gillets is top 3 back rowers.
 

Dazza 92

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be funny if we roll Sharks on the weekend cause they severely underestimate us...

Unleash the kids...........no pressure, go out and enjoy yourselves with the knowledge that top 30 places for 2020 are now available to those who perform...
 

BroncsFan

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In the meantime the Jimmy Maloney's of the comp have been getting paid much less and taken experience and know how with them from club to club and brought success in different forms wherever they've been.
I think you'll find that Jimmy is on about $1m as well.

He was on much less at the sharks and wanted a new contract to bump his wage up... this was around the time Hunt and Taylor signed their million a season contracts.

Sharks said no so Jimmy requested a release... Panthers took the bait and traded Moylan for Jimmy. Panthers now looking to offload Jimmy, but only clubs likely to wear the $1m a season are super league clubs... maybe.

I think Moylan is on $800k-$1m as well
 

winslow_wong

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That's not entirely true. It depends on how you look at it.

For example, worst fullbacks in the game. Darius Boyd is in the top 3, in fact he is at the top of the list.
We have the worst spine in the competition. Can barely score more than 12 points
 

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