Milford coy on Bennett move
Exciting Raiders fullback Anthony Milford was reluctant to comment on news that he will be coached by veteran mentor Wayne Bennett when both move north to the Brisbane Broncos in 2015.
With the Raiders custodian currently in scintillating form, having produced 89 tackle breaks, eight tries and 15 line breaks this season, the 20-year-old said he isn't thinking about the Broncos just yet, instead maintaining that there is still a job to be done in the nation’s capital.
"It isn't my part to try and have a say in it. I'm still with the Raiders this year and I'm trying to still do a job here and finish the best way we can and the position that we are in today, I want to try and do the best I can," Milford said.
"I have left [any thoughts on Brisbane] for next year. I'm 100 per cent focused on the Raiders for these last seven games and trying to put all my effort into that so I know when I leave here I'm a better player and a better person."
While he wasn't prepared to talk about the distant future, Milford was happy to discuss the Raiders clash with the Rabbitohs and his inevitably outstanding showdown with Souths fullback Greg Inglis on Monday night.
"It'll be another test for me. I like those challenges," Milford insisted.
"I have set a few goals for myself this week and there isn't a better player in the game to do it against, trying to test yourself against one of the best in the world.
"He has everything you want in a player and I can't speak highly enough of him. He's one player you pretty much want to base your game around."
With the Raiders set to host five of their final seven games of the season at GIO Stadium starting this weekend against the Rabbitohs, Milford went on to reveal his team's worst kept secret.
"The weather will be a bit different to what the Souths boys will expect. We get a lot of wintery night games here so we try to use that to our advantage because we train in it week-in, week-out," Milford said.
"There's a lot that we need to work on especially coming off that loss against the Storm. We'll put in the effort this week in training and hopefully on Monday night we can do that job again."
The Raiders have named the same 17 that lost to the Melbourne Storm on Saturday night and will have to be on their game against the Rabbitohs.
The Bunnies will have Ben Te'o returning off the back of their big win over the Eels this past Friday night and will prove another test for the Raiders who are currently sitting on one win from their past five games.