Brisbane Broncos new signing Anthony Milford.
Brisbane Broncos new signing Anthony Milford. Stefan Postles

Broncos' Milford raid gets results

BRISBANE coach Anthony Griffin says he won't lose any sleep deciding how to fit new signing Anthony Milford into the Broncos line-up.

For most of last season the 19-year-old had been tipped to move back to Brisbane and link with the Broncos, Griffin yesterday ending the speculation by announcing the boom playmaker would join the club on a two-year deal starting in 2015.

Milford, who played fullback, five-eighth and halfback for the Raiders last season, will stay at Canberra under new coach Ricky Stuart next year.

While Ben Hunt is expected to take over from Penrith-bound Peter Wallace at halfback for the Broncos next season, new signing Ben Barba, Corey Oates and Josh Hoffman can all play a variety of positions in the backline.

"I don't think it's a dilemma. Obviously he (Milford) can play a lot of positions," Griffin said. "Some of our best players over our history have moved from different positions.

"Guys like Darren Lockyer - he played a lot of fullback before he got a chance to play in the halves."

Griffin admitted he was uncertain where Milford may line-up.

"I'm not in a hurry to say where that should be," the coach said. "But I just think it's a great signing for the club."
With Hoffman already saying he was unhappy the club had signed Barba for next season, bringing in Milford is likely to add fuel to that fire.

But Griffin wasn't buying into the argument.

"You (the media) have been having a lot of fun with Josh, so I'll let you keep going with that. But I'm here to speak about Anthony," he said.

The Broncos coach also played down rumours that Storm hooker and fellow Queenslander Cameron Smith was a strong chance to join Milford at Red Hill in 2015.

"They're rumours that haven't come out of here," Griffin said.

The other news out of the club yesterday was the loss of prop Scott Anderson to Super League club Wakefield.
Touted as a potential Queensland State of Origin player, Anderson will join the Wildcats on a 12-month deal.

Griffin said he thought the club was well placed to cover the loss of the 27-year-old, pointing to the arrival of former Roosters front-rower Martin Kennedy and the return of injury-plagued David Hala from a shoulder reconstruction, the 10th operation of his career.

"Marty's handled the training well, he's in good shape. We've got some good young props like David Hala, who's been interrupted by injury, but (is having) his first off-season for a couple of years," Griffin said



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