Departing Raiders fullback Anthony Milford says he wants to repay his teammates by making the 2014 NRL season a big one for the club.
Brisbane-bound Anthony Milford wants to leave Canberra with a bang.
He knows he owes his Raiders teammates nothing less.
The livewire NRL fullback said telling teammates two weeks ago that he had decided to honour the contract he’d signed with the Broncos was one of the more difficult moments of his career.
He started with close friend and Maroons enforcer Josh Papalii.
“That was pretty tough, but he respected my decision,” he said.
Milford said there was no chance he’d give teammates and fans anything less than his best for the remainder of the season.
“They’ve helped me become who I am today,” he said.
“Without their support I wouldn’t be here.
“Now that it’s all out and over and done with, I’m happy and will work hard for the Raiders to finish with a big one.”
That will prove difficult for the third last Raiders, however at least they’re heading back in the right direction after snapping a three-game losing streak with a 42-12 win over North Queensland on Sunday.
Since the tug-of-war ended two weeks ago, Milford has returned back to his stellar best, scoring two tries in as many games and averaging 157 metres in attack.
Yet he refuted suggestions the drawn-out saga to move back to his home city had been a distraction.
“That’s two different things when it comes to me,” he said.
“When it’s media kind of things it’s all on that side, but once I step on the training field or playing field I just click straight into football head.”
That said, he admitted it felt as though a giant weight had been lifted from his shoulders.
“One hundred per cent. I’m happy now that I can stay focused on the Raiders and try and finish (strong),” he said.
The Raiders and Milford will have to put up with the sideshow for just a little longer, however.
That’s because the Raiders’ next home game will be against the Broncos in two weeks – and it’s sure to whip up hype.
“I’m trying to look at it like a normal game,” he said.