Anthony Milford’s NRL return is still on ice as an investigation is conducted by the league to decide if the former Bronco will serve any suspensions.
Former Eels flyer Semi Radradra’s situation is is set to be closely monitored by a number of clubs, while the Roosters reportedly about to lose a young halfback.
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MILFORD’S RETURN DELAYED
Anthony Milford’s NRL return is on ice but interest still remains in the former Brisbane Broncos star.
Milford appeared set to end his exile from the competition after three charges of assault were dropped in court this week.
The 27-year-old pleaded guilty to public nuisance and wilful damage and was ordered to pay close to $2400 for a car window he damaged with a bin and was put on a two-year good behaviour bond.
However, the NRL will now investigate the matter further after obtaining the CCTV footage from the night in question, according to The Sydney Morning Herald’s Michael Chammas.
The league will then make a call on any punishments Milford must serve before registering any contract.
Speaking on Triple M, the Australian’s Brent Read said Knights are monitoring the situation.
“Newcastle, I believe, were going to contact the Integrity Unit to find out what the next step is in terms of getting him up to Newcastle and getting him in the system,” he said.
“But I suspect they will have to wait because the NRL will take their time on this.”
Read was then pressed on where Milford will end up for 2022.
“He will be at Newcastle. They basically have a deal done with him and then next year he will be at the Dolphins, that deal is just about done as well.
“His future is pretty much set in stone. It’s just a matter of when he can get back playing football, that’s his issue at the moment.”
WARRIORS SECURE ROOSTERS ROOKIE
The Warriors have reportedly pulled off a huge coup, inking prized youngster Ronald Volkman on a three-year deal from the 2023 season onwards.
According to the NZ Herald, the 19-year-old halfback will link up with his new side after this season, which Volkman will spend plying his trade for North Sydney Bears in the NSW Cup.
Volkman was stuck behind halves pairing Sam Walker and Luke Keary and would find further competition from fringe playmakers Drew Hutchison and Lachlan Lam should one of the pair cop an injury.
In the Roosters pre-season trial against the Tigers, Volkman scored an impressive chip and chase try in a statement to rival clubs he was ready for first grade.
Now the tricolours junior will compete with veteran Shaun Johnson, young gun Chanel Harris-Tavita and Kodi Nikorima in the New Zealand halves department.
The Roosters won a bidding war against the NSW Waratahs who compete in the Super Rugby for Volkman’s signature but given their wealth of young talent, some players were bound to slip through the cracks.
RADRADRA EXIT COULD TRIGGER FEEDING FRENZy
NRL clubs will be monitoring former Parramatta Eels star Semi Radradra’s situation closely amid reports a salary cap squeeze is set to force him out of his rugby side.
The Fijian flyer is currently playing for the Bristol Bears after making the switch from Bordeaux Begles in 2020.
He was elevated to captain and helped the Bears win their first major trophy in 37 years when they took out the European Challenge Cup.
Radradra is currently one of the Bears’ two marquee players and as such sits outside the five million pound salary cap, however, he has struggled for form since suffering a knee injury,
With the number of marquee players being reduced to one from next season, Radarda could be headed for the exit in June, according to The Rugby Paper.
There will be no shortage of suitors in the NRL for his services. A cashed-up Dolphins side would no doubt be head of the queue as they continue their search for a big-name star to build around.
SAD REALITY FACING MATT DUFTY
Matt Dufty’s horror night for the Bulldogs against the NRL Premiers has cast doubt on his future at the club.
Dufty inked a one-year deal at Belmore after being found on the outer under Anthony Griffin at the Dragons.
But the fullback put in an error-filled display against Penrith and was even called out for one key play where he refused to attack the defensive line.
Brent Read said it could mean an end for Dufty in the NRL.
“Matt Dufty is off contract at the end of the year,” Read said on Triple M. “He had that difficult night for Canterbury and made a host of errors.
“I spoke to Trent (Barrett) after the game and asked him about Matt Dufty specifically and he indicated he will be there next week.
“My gut feel is he won’t be there next year though.
“The club has got to make a call by round 10 whether they re-sign him and the indication is that probably won’t happen so Matt Dufty will be back on the open market.
Read said it could mean Dufty has to head overseas to continue his career.
“It was so difficult for him to find a contract this year. Canterbury was the last throw of the dice for him to an extent.
“I get the feeling he may have to go to England at the end of the year which is a bit sad because he is not that old.
“We’ve seen flashes of what he can do but unfortunately there’s too many nights like the other night.”