Rugby league icon Gorden Tallis has taken issue with Anthony Milford’s recent comments about former club the Brisbane Broncos.
Gorden Tallis has taken issue with Anthony Milford’s comments that he owes the Knights and believes it is the Broncos that deserve his gratitude after paying him $1 million a season.
“He made those comments this week where he said that he felt like he owed the Newcastle Knights for throwing him a lifeline in one of the darkest times in his life when the Rabbitohs walked away from him,” presenter Jessica Yates said on Fox League.
“What did you make of those comments?”
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Tallis replied: “No, you owe Brisbane.
“It is strange that he said he owes Newcastle.
“They (Broncos) were paying you $1 million a year to go there and train and get your peak fitness to play your best footy.
“So I thought that was a little bit strange and a little bit of a kick in the teeth for the Broncos.
“But he is against them tonight and hopefully Anthony can go out there and finish off the rest of his career, but certainly there is a lot of hard work to be done by Anthony.”
Former Melbourne Storm halfback Cooper Cronk found it odd that Milford was rushed straight into the starting side after the Knights won last week and would have played him in reserve grade to maintain the culture within the Knights squad.
“I find it a bit strange that he walked straight back into the No. 6 jersey,” Cronk said.
“I know he has become available and he has played OK football over the last two years but it is not as if he has been shooting the lights out with his performances and you just stroll straight back in.”
Cronk commended the Knights for turning around Milford’s attitude after he was criticised for a lack of commitment and professionalism at the Broncos.
“I like the fact that the Knights have forced him into change,” he said.
“He was forced to train three times a day. He had to shed kilos. They put him on a diet plan.
“If there was one knock on Anthony it was his professionalism at the Broncos. His inability to prepare the best he could to get the best out of his performances.
“I think the Knights have done the right thing over the last six or seven weeks to get him ready and in tip top shape.
“But I think culturally I would have made him play reserve grade for a couple of weeks and then brought him in.”