Super League clubs are set to take heed of NRL halfback Anthony Milford’s decision to train alone following a contract dispute with the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Milford is trying his best to stay fit in the hope that someone will throw him a lifeline, according to the Daily Telegraph, and has linked up with sprinting maestro Roger Fabri.
Halfback Milford had been given a one-year lifeline by the South Sydney Rabbitohs following a stagnant end to his Brisbane Broncos career, yet his future is now up in the air following a domestic altercation back in September.
Milford spent a night in jail after police alleged a verbal and physical altercation with wife Miri before three nearby witnesses – a man and two women – intervened in a bid to reduce the tension.
“Police were called to Marshall Street in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley shortly before 2am following reports of a disturbance,” a Queensland Police spokesperson said.
“A number of bystanders allegedly attempted to break up the altercation,” a police spokesman said.
“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.”
The NRL had stopped the Rabbitohs from registering his contract whilst criminal action is still being taken against the former Brisbane Broncos star – and now 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 that incident in Fortitude Valley in Brisbane.