Milford excited by Roberts addition
Broncos five-eighth Anthony Milford says being stationed on the opposite side of the field won't stop him from seeking out the blistering speed of new Brisbane centre James Roberts.
Roberts will slot into the right centre position vacated by the retired Justin Hodges and will predominantly play outside halfback Ben Hunt although he will likely be given something of a roaming capacity by coach Wayne Bennett.
Milford, who confirmed he will play in the trial against the Cowboys in Bundaberg on February 6 rather than play the Downer NRL Auckland Nines, thrived under Bennett's guidance in 2015.
He finished the season as arguably Brisbane's best player and knows having an additional excitement machine in the backline will only be good for his game.
"I don't think he will be on my edge but it's not going to stop me from going to his side and seeing what he has to offer," Milford said.
"Obviously we've got players everywhere that opposition teams are going to look out for but having him there will pull an extra number to him and we'll create [opportunities] for someone else.
"Wayne has spoken about that, the x-factor that he brings and the flair that he runs with so it's exciting times for the club and I'm excited to play with him."
The other combination Milford is keen to develop is that with Hunt, one which in its first year was so integral in guiding the Broncos to the grand final against the Cowboys.
The pair experienced contrasting individual fortunes in the premiership decider and Milford says it is important that he take on more responsibility in 2016.
"I love Benny as a player and there's no other half I'd rather play with," said Milford.
"He reads the game real well and he knows my game inside out and now I'm getting to know his so we've got a good understanding.
"There was a little bit of a slow start there throughout the year but we patched it up and myself and Ben combined pretty well.
"There are a lot more things for us to work on in our games and I think for us we will only go better."
Many commentators considered Milford to be the best player on the field in the heartbreaking 17-16 grand final defeat but the 21-year-old said there are aspects of his game he needs to develop further.
"Probably my kicking game and my awareness of game management," Milford said. "Trying to close out games with Ben and taking a lot more pressure off him with my kicking.
"Just realising what to do in different situations with the clock and with the interchange rule changing it will only benefit the smaller blokes like us."