NRL outcast Anthony Milford will not play for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in 2022, with a deal already lined up for 2023.
That’s according to the Daily Telegraph which is reporting that the Dolphins are set to swoop for the ex-Brisbane Broncos halfback at the end of the upcoming season.
It’s been an incredibly messy incident with the NRL stopping the Rabbitohs from registering his contract whilst criminal action is still being taken against the former Brisbane Broncos star for an alleged assault in December.
That has meant that Souths are refusing to pay him, sparking speculation of an earlier exit from the competition than expected.
His contract won’t be registered by the NRL because he faces assault charges and the NRL has a strict no-fault stand down policy.
But that is a moot point because Milford cannot be subject to the NRL’s no-fault stand down policy as he does not have a registered contract.
The Broncos decided not to keep Milford at the club at the end of 2021, with Souths handing him a one-year contract.
However, the 27-year-old has been blocked from taking up the contract after being arrested in late September following an incident in Fortitude Valley in Brisbane.
Milford has been accused of three counts of assault occasioning bodily harm after allegedly assaulting three bystanders – a man and two women – who intervened in an argument between Milford and his wife Miri.
The incident didn’t end there though, as the halfback also allegedly threw a garbage bin at a car, leading to a charge of wilful damage involving a vehicle.
Milford was linked with a Super League move earlier in the year before he signed the deal with Souths.
An earlier NRL statement confirmed Milford’s contract wouldn’t be registered with the club: “The National Rugby League (NRL) has advised player Anthony Milford and the South Sydney Rabbitohs that it will not consider registering a contract for the player until criminal proceedings against Milford have been completed,” the statement read.