NRL halfback’s future could yet be in Super League following controversy

Anthony Milford had signed a contract with the South Sydney Rabbitohs ahead of the 2022 NRL season.

But, the NRL has stopped the Rabbitohs from registering his contract whilst criminal action is still being taken against the former Brisbane Broncos star.

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.

At the time, Queensland Police released a statement that said: “Police were called to Marshall Street in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley shortly before 2am following reports of a disturbance.

“A number of bystanders allegedly attempted to break up the altercation.

“In the course of events the 27-year-old man allegedly assaulted two other women and caused damage to a parked motor vehicle.

“Police will also allege the man assaulted a 19-year-old man before being apprehended.

“A 27-year-old Forest Lake man was arrested nearby and charged with three counts of assault occasioning bodily harm and one count of wilful damage.

“He was given police bail to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on October 20.”

An NRL statement confirmed Milford’s contract wouldn’t be registered.

“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.

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