Milford confident of Broncos revival
The Broncos may be having a rough run of form but their star five-eighth Anthony Milford has called for calm, with the 21-year-old pleading with Brisbane fans to stick with his embattled side.
The Broncos have lost five of their past seven matches in what has been a disappointing State of Origin period for the side.
It's been a big fall from grace for Brisbane with the one-time premiership favourites beginning 2016 as the team to beat, winning seven of their first eight games.
Milford said although the team's recent run of form is disappointing, he expects the Broncos to turn it around in the near future.
"I wouldn't be worrying at this stage," Milford said.
"Obviously we want to start building wins going into the end of the season and get some momentum as we head into the finals.
"We've had a lot of injuries of late and that's had an impact on us. We need to be better and believe that we can win every game that we play.
"We've had a few lapses in concentration throughout the past few weeks and a lot of that has resulted in the side making defensive errors.
"Defence was our backbone last year and I think we need to go back to basics. We need to do the simple things right because that is what works for us."
It's no coincidence that Milford's form has been poor at the same time Brisbane have struggled.
The former Canberra Raider started the year on fire for the Broncos, reaching as high as second in the Dally M race after 12 rounds of the season.
He now sits down the pecking order on 11 Dally M points, five points behind leaders Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk, Ryan James and Jason Taumalolo.
Despite a recent run of average performances, Milford believes he will be back to his best come Friday night when the Broncos play the Melbourne Storm at Suncorp Stadium.
"I'm slowly coming back into the form that I had at the start of the year. It's all about getting my confidence back," he said.
"I need to reignite the strong combinations I've had with Darius Boyd and Ben Hunt at the start of the year.
"I guess I've felt a bit of pressure. As a half I need to be a leader and direct the forwards around the park. I'm doing that at training and I just need to bring it back to my games."