Anthony Milford confirms new Broncos deal
MONTHS of speculation are finally over after Anthony Milford officially re-signed with Brisbane for another four NRL seasons.
Milford, who fielded a lucrative offer to join Melbourne, will stay at the Broncos until at least the end of the 2021 season.
The Queensland State of Origin prospect was involved in a tug of war with the Storm before Milford finally decided his future, opting to stay at the Broncos.
"I have committed to the club for another four years - I am glad it is over," he told the Broncos website.
"It was about setting up my future. I wanted to be part of a big club."
Milford, 22, admitted contract talks were drawn out but in the end believed it was an easy decision to knock back a cashed-up Storm offer.
"It was an easy decision when it came to my family," said Milford, whose parents are based in Brisbane.
"My family is always going to be a major part of my decision.
"And what excited me were the young fellas coming through the under-20s here.
"Hopefully we can be a force and win more premierships."
Milford will can now concentrate on earning a maiden Queensland Origin jumper. Milford will have an early Origin audition when he lines up against Manly's Daly Cherry-Evans in Saturday night's NRL clash at Suncorp Stadium.
Queensland coach Kevin Walters says both are in the mix to replace Johnathan Thurston if the Maroons five-eighth fails to overcome a shoulder complaint ahead of the May 31 Origin series opener.
Milford has found another gear after lifting in the absence of injured Brisbane halfback Ben Hunt (hamstring).
But Milford tried to play down his influence on the Broncos ahead of their crunch clash, part of the NRL double-header.
"It's been a lot easier with senior boys like Sam Thaiday and Darius Boyd in the team around me," he said.
"(Hooker) Andrew McCullough also directs us around the park - I guess I just try to put on some finishing touches."
Milford joined Brisbane from Canberra in 2015.
Meanwhile, Brisbane centre James Roberts has failed to prove his fitness for the clash with Manly.
Named 18th man, Roberts continues to battle an ankle injury and his absence will ensure young forward George Fai will make his NRL debut off the Broncos' bench.
"He was very close but he will play next week," coach Wayne Bennett said of Roberts.