Parramatta Eels discussed throwing unwanted Brisbane Broncos midfielder Anthony Milford a lifeline for the rest of this year.
Eel viewed Milford as the perfect number 14 leading up to the final with the club’s football department launching an unprofitable approach to Brisbane in 1/8.
Under NRL rules, all 16 clubs still have until August 1 to finalize their top 30 list, so if Milford were to go through with it, the deal would need to be completed within minutes. next two weeks.
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Eels are currently well stocked in terms of players but there is a view at the Milford club that could add a leading X-factor to the final.
Football’s Parramatta general manager Mark O’Neill is credited with promoting the Milford approach to green and gold.
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The Broncos have told Milford the club will move into action next year as coach Kevin Walters and head of football Ben Ikin prepare to overhaul the Red Hill squad.
Fox Sports has been informed that Eels management has been conducting an investigation into Milford over the past seven days with Parramatta noting that they will need to complete the deal as soon as possible.
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In addition to Mitchell Moses, Dylan Brown and Jake Arthur, Milford could provide the Eels with tremendous depth in the innings leading up to the final.
South Sydney is another club considering signing Milford but any Bunnies deal will only be for 2022 and beyond.
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Milford remains on good terms with South Sydney head coach Jason Demetriou after their time together at the Brisbane Broncos.
But any Bunnies deal could very well depend on the decisions of Dane Gagai, the Queensland hub and his future at Redfern.