Anthony Milford’s hopes of staying at the Broncos appear over with two Sydney clubs in the picture, while Nathan Brown is looking at a reduced offer from the Eels. Transfer Whispers >>>
Anthony Milford’s hopes of staying at the Broncos appear over with two Sydney clubs in the picture for his signature.
Meanwhile Eels forward Nathan Brown faces the prospect of signing a reduced offer to stay after the Sea Eagles pulled out of negotiations with the Origin forward.
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After a disappointing start to his 2021 season that saw him dropped after Round 5, it appears Broncos five-eighth Anthony Milford won’t be at the club in 2022.
The Courier Mail reported the Broncos are unlikely to offer Milford a new deal, with two Sydney clubs interested in the former Origin player.
It’s understood rival NRL clubs see the 26-year-old as a fullback, which is where he began his career with great success for the Raiders scoring 21 tries in 42 games in 2013 and 2014.
Milford is expected to have to take a massive wage cut to get an NRL lifeline and will be lucky to get half of his current $1 million a season deal.
Milford has scored 68 tries in 185 NRL games for the Raiders and Broncos and has represented the Maroons in two Origin games.
Broncos coach Kevin Walters dropped Milford in the hope of allowing him to rediscover his form for Souths Logan in their Intrust Super Cup clash against Norths Devils.
However speaking to The Courier Mail, Walters was less than impressed with what he saw from Milford.
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“Last week it was a tough game,” Walters said.
“I was out at Souths and watched it … if I was to be honest, no he sort of wasn’t up to the standard that we believe he can play at.
“But that’s one game of four or five, that’s how many it will take for him to get back to the football we know he can play.”
Walters also added that it’s all on Milford and how hard he works which will determine if he makes his way back into the Broncos side.
“It won’t be my decision, it will be Anthony’s decision as to whether he makes his way back into the team or not. He has been given some clear instructions about what he needs to do. When he does that, he will be back in the side.”
After their 46-6 thrashing by the Eels in Round 7, Karmichael Hunt is expected to be rushed into the team as soon as he is eligible in Round 11.
SHEEPISH EELS STAR SET FOR REDUCED OFFER
Nathan Brown faces the prospect of having to renegotiate with Parramatta after refusing a $1.2 million extension with the Eels earlier this year.
The NSW Origin star originally knocked back the Eels’ $600,000 a year extension through to 2023 and the club took the offer off the table.
Brown and his management were also engaged in talks with Manly who were keen on luring the 28-year-old to the Northern Beaches, but negotiations have since broke down.
The Daily Telegraph reported the Sea Eagles stopped negotiating with Brown after he refused to accept any offer below $2.6 million over four years.
With no Manly offer on the table, Brown will now aim to re-sign with the Eels, but the club are unlikely to offer the same $1.2 million deal he originally rejected.
The Daily Telegraph’s Matt Logue revealed the Eels are back in negotiations with Brown on Jimmy Smith on SEN 1170.
“The deal is back on the table between Parramatta and Nathan Brown,” Logue said.
“It is interesting because there were always talks about Manly chasing Nathan Brown’s signature.
“They were looking to boost their forward pack, but I heard a long time ago that Manly and Nathan Brown just wasn’t going to happen.
“Brad Arthur loves Nathan Brown and the style of football he brings… it’s just a harsh reality of the business
“I think Nathan Brown will stay at Parramatta, it just won’t be for what he or his manager expected.”
Smith then asked Logue what he would re-sign Brown for knowing he knocked back the $600k per year deal last month.
“He’s a forward, he’s not going to necessarily win you a game as a superstar, so I’d pay him $450k-500k max,” Logue replied.
“You’ve got to sign him because he’s important, but he’s not the difference between Parramatta winning a premiership or not.”
EELS HALF SET TO TEST VALUE ON OPEN MARKET
Eels halfback Mitchell Moses is set to not activate a player option for 2022 and test his value on the open market.
Moses needs to activate his player option by Round 10 and Brent Read revealed on Triple M that he expects Moses not to meet that deadline.
“We mentioned the Broncos potentially having a go at him and it has been bubbling away and simmering at Parramatta for quite some time now,” Read said on Triple M Saturday Scrum.
“He has got an option that he has to take up by Round 10 and Parramatta initially offered him another year on top of that, which would have taken him through to the end of 2023.
“He basically sat on that offer, I don’t think his camp were overly happy with that offer. I believe they have subsequently come back with an offer for another year on top of that to take him through to the end of 2024.
“I have a feeling he won’t take it up. I don’t think he will take the offer, but whether or not he takes the option depends on what sort of offers he gets elsewhere.
“Cronulla are looking at him. Brisbane are looking at him. He has got that option in his back pocket. If he takes that up then he would be off-contract at the end of next year, which would make him an ideal guy for the new Brisbane franchise.
“He has three weeks to make a decision on the option. My feeling is he won’t take it. He will look around and when he gets everything laid out on the table he will make a decision about the option and next year.”
Read believes the Broncos should make a big play for Moses to help rebuild the side for the long-term.
“If I am the Broncos he is my priority,” Read said.
“I would throw a four-year-deal for $3.5 million at him. I understand Adam Reynolds is obviously on their radar. But Adam is 31 this year.
“As much as Reynolds would be a great fit for the place I think Moses is a more long-term investment.
“The other one they could look at is Shaun Johnson, but my gut feel is the Sharks will keep Shaun Johnson and try and pair him with Adam Reynolds in the halves.”
COWBOYS ENTER RACE FOR PANTHERS STAR
Panthers star Kurt Capewell is hot property, with the Cowboys emerging as the latest in a long line of contenders for the Origin star’s signature, according to The Courier Mail.
The 27-year-old has been in outstanding form for the Panthers this season after starring for Queensland in last year’s Origin series triumph.
Capewell has taken a new starting role in the second row this season and has four tries and 16 tackle breaks for the Panthers who remain unbeaten after seven rounds.
Capewell has already been linked with the Broncos and the Bulldogs to reunite with former assistant Trent Barrett.
The Panthers are dealing with salary cap pressures, which means Capewell is increasingly likely to leave, with a move back home to Queensland firmly on the cards.
Cowboys football operations boss Michael Luck revealed Capewell has the right experience, utility value and character to help improve the club going forward.
“We are OK for outside backs but Capewell is certainly a guy we are looking at to bring some experience to our side,” Luck told The Courier Mail.
Capewell has scored 14 tries in 79 NRL games for the Sharks and Panthers since his debut in 2016.