Anthony Milford’s agent says a mix-up was behind the Canberra star missing a meeting with NRL salary cap investigators and it has been rescheduled.
Anthony Milford’s agent says a mix-up over times was behind the Canberra fullback missing a meeting with NRL salary cap investigators.
Milford was set to meet with members of the NRL integrity unit last week as part of an investigation into claims Brisbane have cheated the salary cap by $450,000 over the past three years.
The 20-year-old is joining the Broncos on a two-year deal from next season.
His agent Sam Ayoub said, contrary to reports Milford had dodged the meeting, confusion over times had resulted in it being necessary to reschedule the appointment for this week.
“It was a genuine miscommunication in relaying the time of the meeting,” Ayoub told AAP.
“He never deliberately missed anything. It’s all been rescheduled and we’ll meet with them (investigators) next week.”
There’s no suggestion Milford’s move north is in jeopardy.
Several Broncos players have met with investigators in the past fortnight, including star recruits Ben Barba and Martin Kennedy.
Barba and Kennedy joined Brisbane from Canterbury and the Sydney Roosters respectively on multi-million dollar deals, with negotiations including the prospect of third-party deals on top of their base salaries.
Broncos coach Anthony Griffin said there was nothing untoward about the interviews, which are a normal part of the investigation process.
“Obviously they’ve got to interview people,” Griffin said.
“Those interviews took place over a week ago. It’s not news to us … we’ve got a game of footy tomorrow night. That’s the news we’re looking forward to.”
The NRL’s inquiry was launched in late May and is believed to centre around the Broncos possibly guaranteeing third-party payments.
A News Corp report claimed a potential smoking gun is a $400,000 loan from the Leagues Club, a separate entity to the publicly listed NRL business, to former football manager Andrew Gee.
Internal records show the money was repaid shortly before Gee resigned in April.
It’s understood the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has been contacted to assist inquiries into the Leagues Club and could have the power to interview Gee because he once served as a board member.
The task of proving any of the Leagues Club loan was used to guarantee unfulfilled third-party deals has become difficult with Gee reportedly refusing to co-operate with integrity unit investigators.