NEWS The alarming decline of Milford's biggest weapon

Eta Carinae

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First it was, "Milford needs to be the chief playmaker and work on his game management if he's on a Mil a year, plus his kicking game is shite"
Now its
"why is he becoming an organiser and kicker when he was better at running"

Can't win with you lot
When he is on the money he is indeed on, he should be whatever the team needs hm to be. Right now, I think the team needs a good organizer who can set up the plays so the outside backs and/or edge forwards can run riot. Problem is, he is very poor when it comes playmaking and organizing. His kicking isn't 'bad' but bad for a marquee 5/8. Maybe his running game has already passed it's prime. IMO he needs to lose a few kgs.

Bottom line is, as a 5/8 he may be overrated. If he continues to fizzle early next season, I wonder if Seibold would be open to trying a swap between him and Boyd or simply drop Boyd.
 

Thelmus

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He hasn't lost his running game just put it away as he improved in the other areas he needed to.
We will see him on an upward plane from next year as his kicking/game management becomes second nature.
I think a lot of people have forgotten how contentious lockyer's move to 5/8 was. Milford is a different player but it is still relevant with regard to his role.
He has had to learn a whole new set of skills but he has pretty much got the kicking down pat and whilst his passing still needs work, experience and training will get him there.
These are the progression of skills that were always necessary for his long term survival in the game, and his success in acquiring them is admirable. We still need knik to step up with long kicking game but at least it is no longer the Achilles heal it was in our attack.
I hope bird shares some kicking as well. If he does it will take more pressure off our halves and give even more options in attack. I think he is capable provided he is fit.
 

Marty Deutschmann

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I think a lot of people have forgotten how contentious lockyer's move to 5/8 was. Milford is a different player but it is still relevant with regard to his role.
He has had to learn a whole new set of skills but he has pretty much got the kicking down pat and whilst his passing still needs work, experience and training will get him there.
These are the progression of skills that were always necessary for his long term survival in the game, and his success in acquiring them is admirable. We still need knik to step up with long kicking game but at least it is no longer the Achilles heal it was in our attack.
I hope bird shares some kicking as well. If he does it will take more pressure off our halves and give even more options in attack. I think he is capable provided he is fit.
Milford was a 7 in junior grades
 

GCBRONCO

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Lockyer was originally a 5/8th when he came into first grade at the Broncos in 1995(same year as Webcke made his debut) who was developed into a fullback because the Broncos already had Walters and Langer in the halves. Unlike Milford He already had the skills necessary to be a successful playmaking(alongside his superb running game) 5/8th(interesting thing to consider is how close Langer went to leaving the Broncos to head to the Adelaide Rams in 1997, had that happen you probably would have seen Lockyer @ 5/8th and Walters at halfback). Going back to 5/8th later in his career was a natural path for him after Walters and Langer moved on in the end despite those who thought he couldn't handle the transition it wasn't a question of if Lockyer could handle the transition back to 5/8th, it was more a matter of time and he proved that.
 

Kimlo

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I actually don't care about running game that much honestly. There's a million young kids who can come in and be dangerous runners. His kicking game and management improved significantly last year, that's a much harder quality to find.

It's also not like you lose that natural talent, we still see glimpses of it and he's still young. His running game isn't going to disappear, he is still a threat as a runner and opposition teams know that.
 
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Dexter

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I actually don't care about running game that much honestly. There's a million young kids who can come in and be dangerous runners. His kicking game and management improved significantly last year, that's a much harder quality to find.

It's also not like you lose that natural talent, we still see glimpses of it and he's still young. His running game isn't going to disappear, he is still a threat as a runner and opposition teams know that.
One thing not mentioned is his fitness. If he can get himself fit like Lockyer we will see him pick teams off in the last 15 like DL used to do.
 

Gaz

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One thing not mentioned is his fitness. If he can get himself fit like Lockyer we will see him pick teams off in the last 15 like DL used to do.
If only he could kick to the corners like DL used to.
 

Morepudding

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When people say on $1m a year he needs to do more, that's just not the halves market at the moment. Turds like Moses and Norman are on 900k a season. Milford is a lot better than either of them, and a lot better than the $1.2m Ben hunt.
 

Big Pete

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He improved, but to say he kicked like Darren Lockyer is a bit odd.
Round 23, 2018.

Broncos-Souths 18 all.

56 minutes gone.

Souths with all the momentum when Brisbane work their way into decent field position. On the 4th tackle, Milford kicks early down the left corner, allowing Pangai Jr to tackle Gagai over the dead-ball line.

Next set Kahu scores and Brisbane go onto win 38-18.

A match winning play from Milford that had all the hallmarks of Lockyer circa 2006.
 

Gaz

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Round 23, 2018.

Broncos-Souths 18 all.

56 minutes gone.

Souths with all the momentum when Brisbane work their way into decent field position. On the 4th tackle, Milford kicks early down the left corner, allowing Pangai Jr to tackle Gagai over the dead-ball line.

Next set Kahu scores and Brisbane go onto win 38-18.

A match winning play from Milford that had all the hallmarks of Lockyer circa 2006.
Yeah..nah!
 

Porthoz

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I don't think he's at Locky's level and may really never be, but he definitely improved his kicking in leaps and bounds last season.
I just hope he reaches a level of maturity where he almost always picks the right play between kicking, running and passing, like the "God of Rugby League" mastered.

I am really hopeful that Seibold's methods will actually play to his strengths, which is something I thought WB's tactics never did, except for 2015 (and I maintain that Kevvie had a lot to do with that imo).
 

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