-NEWS- Kevvie on Milford's contract renewal: right now you'd have to say "no"

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Kevin Walters is asked whether Anthony Milford has earned a new contract:

“That’s a work in progress, right now you’d have to say no."

“We need to see ‘Milf’ playing better but I’m extremely confident we can get the best out of Anthony Milford. We’re four weeks into a 25-round competition plus finals. We’re in no hurry and Anthony’s in no hurry. As long as we keep building and getting better, that’s all I’m concerned with. It’s about taking small steps. Everything we’re doing is based around that. It’s all small-picture and trying to get better each week."

"Milf has played some good football this year at stages. We are backing him all the way. He is under a lot of pressure, as is everyone in a Broncos jersey at the moment. It’s about taking little steps at a time to improve and I feel Anthony is certainly having a crack. That’s what I like about him. If and when I believe that stops happening then things will change.”

“I don’t feel there’s any uncertainty around our halves. We’ve got two good halfbacks vying for a position. There is great competition there between them and that’s what’s good about the club. Both players have got areas in their games they are working on and moving forward to get better at."

“The plan is to get those two playing well and improve on what they’ve been building on. I’ve seen some great signs there and some areas we need to be better. The players are aware of that. We’ve had good conversations this week around the three of them (Milford included) and the role they need to play in the side. The competition is about trying to get better each week. I expect those guys to be better.”

“We’re really keen to hang on to Kotoni Staggs, we believe he has a bright future at the Broncos regardless of what position he plays for us. I’m sure he can play back-row, halves and centre. He can play several positions. Right now our major focus is to retain the services of Kotoni and then we will place him somewhere in those positions over the next 12 months.”

“We’re always in the market. You guys (media) should know that. Every club is on the lookout if players become available. We will be looking, but right now we’re trying to re-sign four or five of our junior players. That’s where our major focus has been, trying to secure those guys. There’s a big, bad world out there in the player market and my job is to coach the side. We’ve got other people in our organisation to look after those areas.”

McHunt
 

FaithinHook

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So the cap will be dedicated to resigning 4-5 young guys who won the spoon to upgraded contracts they don't deserve.
And not even interested in signing a marquee halfback.
My head cannot process this..say what, Kevvie?


"....he was adamant the club could build its future around existing playing talent and was not interested in chasing veteran Rabbitohs halfback Adam Reynolds for next season..."
The fact that Milford even needs to be "challenged" by his coach in an effort to secure a new contract says it all really. Seriously, in which other professional sport would a player earning a million a year need to be challenged to "show more" (effort/interest/intensity).

Milford should be ashamed of himself when he looks in the mirror, the pea-hearted, lazy ****. Does he not have any pride in himself? Well he certainly has no shame thats for sure judging by his half-arsed, 'couldn't give a ****' performances these past few years and still expecting to be paid.
 

theshed

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The fact that Milford even needs to be "challenged" by his coach in an effort to secure a new contract says it all really. Seriously, in which other professional sport would a player earning a million a year need to be challenged to "show more" (effort/interest/intensity).

Milford should be ashamed of himself when he looks in the mirror, the pea-hearted, lazy ****. Does he not have any pride in himself? Well he certainly has no shame thats for sure judging by his half-arsed, 'couldn't give a ****' performances these past few years and still expecting to be paid.

I think it’s really unfair to assume you know what a player is thinking, and when I watch Milf I don’t see a player that doesn’t care like everyone else claims too. Maybe a player that struggles with discipline when it comes to fitness, or a player that relied heavily on natural ability and when teams started numbering up on him he was unable to find any answers or much growth.

I don’t think he deserves the vitriol and accusations, I think he just kind of isn’t as good as the guy who wrote up his last contract (and many others) thought he might have been.

It’s kind of like that old quote along the lines of “don’t attribute to malice what can be explained by stupidity” or whatever. “Don’t attribute to malice what can be explained by mediocrity”
 

Finbar

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The most Milford moment on the weekend for me was when he stripped the ball then forget that the opposition could do the same to him and had it stripped straight back. It reminds me of the time Robbie Farah shot out of the line to put a hit on him and he dodged it, but then he started dancing around as he does and forgot Robbie still existed behind him, got smashed and lost the ball.

I also remember him appealing to the referee as a ball came loose and Benji picked it up and ran away and scored while Milford wasn't paying attention. Sorry this turned into a rant, but I wish our team could just play the whistle, it's embarrassing to watch sometimes!
 

Jason Simmons

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Do ya mean Pete Nolan, Kevvie? **** me we are in some serious trouble then if he is the person "in our organisation to look after these areas"! You may as well walk over to Caxton Street and pull some drunk off their bar stool and let them do the job. There wouldn't be any difference in the end result.
Hey! That was me you were talking about... (Tonight. All the staff there were singing Karaoke and it was AWFUL...) 😂
 

I bleed Maroon

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Welp, there goes any motivation Milford had left to perform (and lets be honest there wasn't much left to lose). If anything this is an invitation from Kev for him to drop his head even further so he can drop him without creating too much drama within the club.
 

theshed

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Welp, there goes any motivation Milford had left to perform (and lets be honest there wasn't much left to lose). If anything this is an invitation from Kev for him to drop his head even further so he can drop him without creating too much drama within the club.
I haven’t heard a single peep about other teams showing interest in him. What Kev thinks isn’t even the most of his worries, 15 other coaches would be seeing the same thing Kev is. He is on the edge of being the next Sandow - all the natural ability in the world and not a single club interested. If that doesn’t motivate him I worry for his career.
 

theshed

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He'll probably go to England and win the Man of Steel award in the next two seasons.
I’m not sure about that. Milford seems very reluctant to leave Brisbane and is strongly connected to his family. I think he’ll struggle outside of QLD let alone over in England. I have no doubt he’d be the best player in super league but I think the homesickness would kick in very quickly.
 

FaithinHook

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I’m not sure about that. Milford seems very reluctant to leave Brisbane and is strongly connected to his family. I think he’ll struggle outside of QLD let alone over in England. I have no doubt he’d be the best player in super league but I think the homesickness would kick in very quickly.
Yep, he'd be like a little boy lost, being the man-child that he is. I expect him to end up down the M1. At least then he can still drive home to Inala to have his laundry washed.
 

Kimlo

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Welp, there goes any motivation Milford had left to perform (and lets be honest there wasn't much left to lose). If anything this is an invitation from Kev for him to drop his head even further so he can drop him without creating too much drama within the club.
His motivation is to save his career. If that's enough then he was never good enough for another contract anyway.
 

McHunt

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I’m not sure about that. Milford seems very reluctant to leave Brisbane and is strongly connected to his family. I think he’ll struggle outside of QLD let alone over in England. I have no doubt he’d be the best player in super league but I think the homesickness would kick in very quickly.
Yep, he'd be like a little boy lost, being the man-child that he is. I expect him to end up down the M1. At least then he can still drive home to Inala to have his laundry washed.
He could always follow this trajectory and wind up back here in five years:

 

Mr Fourex

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I think it’s really unfair to assume you know what a player is thinking, and when I watch Milf I don’t see a player that doesn’t care like everyone else claims too. Maybe a player that struggles with discipline when it comes to fitness, or a player that relied heavily on natural ability and when teams started numbering up on him he was unable to find any answers or much growth.

I don’t think he deserves the vitriol and accusations, I think he just kind of isn’t as good as the guy who wrote up his last contract (and many others) thought he might have been.

It’s kind of like that old quote along the lines of “don’t attribute to malice what can be explained by stupidity” or whatever. “Don’t attribute to malice what can be explained by mediocrity”
Thats well said....I don't get the Milford hate either TBH. I guess its got something to do with the million dollar price tag....and his lack of performance. That doesn't necessarily make Milford a shit ****.
 

theshed

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When do you want to see him gone?

Well, I think he’s the best half in our team currently - as grim as that is, so while he’s here he may as well be picked. But happy for him to leave early if it frees up some cap for front loading. I’d consider a Hunt / Dearden pairing or Croft / Dearden.

If he stays I’d be happy for Dearden to play half a year in Q cup developing while Milford and Croft stink it up in first grade.

I think SJ or Reynolds need to be signed and Kev needs to decide whether Dearden or Staggs is the future in the halves. The spine needs experience.

The only way Staggs and Dearden could work is with a game managing hooker like Hodgson or a leader at fullback like RTS or Gutho
 

rnabokov

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Well, I think he’s the best half in our team currently - as grim as that is, so while he’s here he may as well be picked. But happy for him to leave early if it frees up some cap for front loading. I’d consider a Hunt / Dearden pairing or Croft / Dearden.

If he stays I’d be happy for Dearden to play half a year in Q cup developing while Milford and Croft stink it up in first grade.

I think SJ or Reynolds need to be signed and Kev needs to decide whether Dearden or Staggs is the future in the halves. The spine needs experience.

The only way Staggs and Dearden could work is with a game managing hooker like Hodgson or a leader at fullback like RTS or Gutho

To me, that says it all.

I will therefore re-frame: the only way Milford and Dearden/Croft "could work is with a game managing hooker like Hodgson or a leader at fullback like RTS or Gutho"

This is not just about Milford, although the under-performance of our marquee 5/8 is critical, and needs to be addressed. The question for me is, how is it best dealt with without going backwards even further this season which will ruin player confidence even more. My answer therefore is to keep him at least until season's end.

When I look at the best sides, I look for what exactly makes them that, and how we are different, and I see settled sides over a number of years with largely settled spines, with class acts in at least 2 spine positions, well worked combinations and set plays plus genuine leadership plus a competent defence that handles the "new game". We are just so so far behind the 8 ball.

This is not to excuse Milford's performances. It is my attempt to put them in context which for mine, is the only proper way to diagnose our issues as a team.

So, if Milford goes, we will have $$$, but it will then mean buying top shelf 5/8, hooker and FB, assuming with Dearden or Croft cut it at half which is by no means certain yet. WIll that happen soon?

To me, that then points to what the real issue with this side is, the history which caused it, and just how damn long it is going to take to fix the mistakes of the past.

Our spine sucks, and also, without genuine leadership, it has sucked for years, and mirrors our decline from the last time our spine worked as it should, and we had a true leadership, in our case, Hodges, and Parker.
 

theshed

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To me, that says it all.

I will therefore re-frame: the only way Milford and Dearden/Croft "could work is with a game managing hooker like Hodgson or a leader at fullback like RTS or Gutho"

This is not just about Milford, although the under-performance of our marquee 5/8 is critical, and needs to be addressed. The question for me is, how is it best dealt with without going backwards even further this season which will ruin player confidence even more. My answer therefore is to keep him at least until season's end.

When I look at the best sides, I look for what exactly makes them that, and how we are different, and I see settled sides over a number of years with largely settled spines, with class acts in at least 2 spine positions, well worked combinations and set plays plus genuine leadership plus a competent defence that handles the "new game". We are just so so far behind the 8 ball.

This is not to excuse Milford's performances. It is my attempt to put them in context which for mine, is the only proper way to diagnose our issues as a team.

So, if Milford goes, we will have $$$, but it will then mean buying top shelf 5/8, hooker and FB, assuming with Dearden or Croft cut it at half which is by no means certain yet. WIll that happen soon?

To me, that then points to what the real issue with this side is, the history which caused it, and just how damn long it is going to take to fix the mistakes of the past.

Our spine sucks, and also, without genuine leadership, it has sucked for years, and mirrors our decline from the last time our spine worked as it should, and we had a true leadership, in our case, Hodges, and Parker.

I don’t disagree with your point but I think it could essentially be fixed with 2 signings. An experienced half and a specialist fullback.

Personally I would go with the following as an example but I’m sure there are a few equivalents that may become available.

1. Hynes
6. Dearden / Staggs
7. Reynolds / SJ
9. Turpin

Turpin needs a decent bench replacement or we need to change Turpin for a decent experienced option - there’s 2 or 3 possible options in the super league that might be happy to take small contract for the opportunity. Manu could be a long term fullback option or an outside the box idea would be sign Brett Morris for a year or 2 and ask him to play fullback until we find a decent replacement.
 

Dash

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I don’t disagree with your point but I think it could essentially be fixed with 2 signings. An experienced half and a specialist fullback.

Personally I would go with the following as an example but I’m sure there are a few equivalents that may become available.

1. Hynes
6. Dearden / Staggs
7. Reynolds / SJ
9. Turpin
I reckon that spine comfortably gets us into the top 8, which at this point in time would be an absolute dream.
 

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