Ex-Brisbane Broncos star Anthony Milford’s stunning deal takes bizarre new twist

South Sydney Rabbitohs halfback Anthony Milford faces being blocked by the NRL despite being cleared of assault.

News Corp understands that Milford still needs to convince the NRL to allow him to make an immediate return after the former Brisbane Broncos playmaker pleaded guilty to public nuisance and wilful damage, but had the more serious charges of assault dismissed.

“I hope the NRL clear Anthony to play as soon as possible,” Milford’s agent Sam Ayoub said.

“There is no reason for him to be sidelined any longer. The courts of the land have cleared Anthony of all assault allegations, so we hope to go through the process of having him registered by the NRL immediately.

“We have had some constructive talks with Newcastle and they are on-going. The ball is in their court and his registration is a matter for the NRL.

“Anthony is ready to play. Fitness wise, he is fine. He has been training the house down during his time away so he could hit the ground running if an NRL club signed him.

“He has been treated extremely unfairly over this matter. I saw vision of the incident and the only person who was assaulted was Anthony Milford.”

CCTV footage from the night in question shows two women attacking Milford, with the halfback refusing to retaliate, instead picking up a bin and throwing it, damaging a nearby vehicle in anger.

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