Milford continues to get better
Brisbane Broncos forward Joe Ofahengaue has praised teammate Anthony Milford's scintillating start to the season.
Ofahengaue knows Milford better than most, with the two attending school together at St Peter Claver College in Ipswich.
The schoolmates played rugby league together for the college and it was here that Ofahengaue first discovered Milford's talents on the football field.
Milford's versatility is what has impressed him the most.
"I've been playing with 'Milf' since Year 11," Ofahengaue said.
"We went to the same school together so it doesn't surprise me how good he is. He played halfback, fullback and basically anywhere we needed him to play.
"It doesn't surprise me how quickly he's become an elite five-eighth. He's obviously got some areas he needs to improve on but he knows that. He is very level headed."
Milford is playing his second season at five-eighth for Brisbane after originally starting out as a fullback for the Canberra Raiders in 2013-14.
He's started the season as one of Brisbane's best, surprising pundits with his increased workload in attack.
A stronger player in 2016, Milford has amassed five tackle-breaks in two games, only bettered by injured teammate Corey Oates.
Milford has emerged as the number one drop-goal taker at the club, kicking two in the first two rounds of the season and he is now pushing for goal kicking duties too.
With Jordan Kahu struggling with a small hamstring tear, Milford has emerged as the second choice goal kicker – slotting both his attempts this year when first choice kicker Corey Parker was off the field.
It is good news for NRL Fantasy owners as the 21-year-old looks to take his game to another level in his second year at Brisbane.
"He's a crazy player. If he sees an opportunity he will always take it and that's why he's been slotting all these field goals, it's just the type of player he is," Ofahengaue said.
"He's always been a goal kicker, he used to kick conversions and field goals for us back in school.
"Parker will always be number one but it's nice to have someone like 'Milf' there if we need him."