Rugby league Immortal Andrew Johns believes is time for struggling playmaker Anthony Milford and the Broncos to part ways after the season.
Milford has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with persistent hamstring issues and Johns believes he should have played his last game for the club.
“Definitely. The money he’s on, he’s on more than a million dollars [a season], he’s just not providing value for money, bang for your buck, whatever you want to call it,” Johns told WWOS’ Immortal Behaviour.
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“They need to look in a whole new direction in a few key positions and I think it’s probably time Anthony moves on.”
Milford has struggled to recapture the form that took the Broncos to the 2015 Grand Final and saw him represent the Maroons in two games in 2017 and 2018.
The 26-year-old has been criticised for failing to live up to his monster pay packet of over $1 million a season that makes him one of the highest paid players in the NRL.
The former Raiders star has scored 68 tries in 180 games since his debut in 2013, but could only manage one try in 13 games in 2020.
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Milford is contracted to the Broncos for another season, but there are reports the club could force him out early to create salary cap space to achieve a more balanced roster.
Club director Darren Lockyer was reluctant to close the door on Milford’s career at red Hill given the promise he has shown in the past.
“You’ve got a wonderfully talented player that’s probably not reaching his potential,” Lockyer told WWOS’ QLDER.
“I always think back to the 2015 grand final, I still think he was the best player on the field that night in a beaten team; so he can perform at the highest level, on the biggest stage.
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“He just needs to get his body in shape. Physically, he needs to get himself fit and I think if he gets all his moving parts – shoulders, knees and hamstrings – healthy, I think we’ll see some better football from him.”
However Milford has been paid on promise for too long and it is time he starts delivering.
Whoever the Broncos sign as their new coach could have massive repercussions for Milford’s future at Red Hill.
Current Maroons coach Kevin Walters is a Milford fan, but it remains to be seen if another candidate would be as patient with the underperforming star.
Originally published asJoey calls for Broncos’ struggling $1m star to ‘move on’
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