Star Canberra fullback Anthony Milford says having his family by his side in Canberra has helped alleviate his home-sickness.
Star Canberra fullback Anthony Milford says he’s “100 per cent” more settled in Canberra since his family relocated from Brisbane to be by his side.
The Raiders prohibited the media from asking any questions about Milford’s future on Thursday amid growing speculation the NRL club is launching a last-ditch bid to retain his services next year.
While he’s signed with the Broncos for 2015 to return home to Brisbane, there’s wiggle room in the contract, and the Raiders have until round 13 to keep the rising star.
It’s a similar situation that took place last year with the club’s number one enforcer Josh Papalii, who reneged on a deal with Parramatta.
Milford was sensational in his debut 2013 NRL season, winning the Raiders’ Mal Meninga Medal for best player.
And a stronger support base around him in 2014 might just help the fleet-footed fullback step it up another level.
Milford’s sick father Halo, his mother Marietta and his sister moved down to Canberra over the off-season to help ease the 19-year-old’s home-sickness.
When asked if he was feeling more settled now that his family were by his side, and that he was being coached by Ricky Stuart, Milford replied: “100 per cent”.
“For sure, having mum and dad here really helps me out with all the off-field stuff as well,” he said.
“I’ve grown up a little bit more, but it’s always good to have mum and dad there just for support and knowing I can come home to them.”
Milford said he’s also spoken to senior Raiders players Terry Campese and Brett White about ensuring no off-field dramas subtract from his footy.
“They just said don’t let any off-field distractions get in the way of what I want to do this year, especially for the team as well,” he said.
“I’m always going to give 100 per cent whether I’m signed or not, that’s just me.”