Raiders star Anthony Milford during training on Friday.

Raiders star Anthony Milford during training on Friday. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

Canberra Raiders legend Brett Mullins has urged Anthony Milford to choose quality over quantity in his battle with Souths star Greg Inglis as both clubs endure criticism they rely too heavily on their star fullbacks.

And the Raiders are growing more hopeful Milford may turn his back on his Brisbane Broncos contract in the belief he’s more settled in the capital.

The 19-year-old is relishing playing under Ricky Stuart’s less structured style, and it is understood the club is more optimistic than before he could stay at Canberra. 

Milford has until round 13 to decide whether to accept a huge Raiders offer believed to be worth almost $1million a season, but Canberra would prefer an answer well before then.

His parents have moved to Canberra for this year, his younger brother is attending school in the city and the club’s strong Polynesian support network are all factors in the Raiders favour.

But at this stage Milford’s sole focus is helping Canberra rebound from last week’s disappointing loss to Gold Coast against Souths at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.  

The mouth-watering fullback clash is a David versus Goliath contrast – Inglis’ size, power and strength versus the footwork and speed of pint-sized Milford.

What they share in common before Sunday’s ANZ Stadium clash is their status as their team’s attacking lynchpins.  

Inglis boasts an imposing record against the Raiders, having scored 16 tries in 14 games and losing just once.

This week he publicly endorsed Milford as a Queensland Origin player-in-waiting and ‘’Canberra’s backbone’’ after his brilliant early season displays.

Milford’s class was the difference in Canberra’s round two win at Newcastle, but the Raiders seemed devoid of answers when he was shut down by a spirited Gold Coast last week.

The Rabbitohs also struggled when Inglis left the field with concussion early in last week’s shock loss to Wests Tigers.

Asked if the Raiders were too dependent on Milford’s brilliance, assistant coach Dean Pay said: “He’s a dominant player, Milf, every time he gets the ball he attracts a lot of attention.

“The more we get the ball into his hands the better we’re going to go, but we need to create some space for him as well.

“Inglis is probably the best player in the world and has a lot to do with their attack, but they’ve got other really good players like the Burgess boys and Adam Reynolds.

Milford chose his moments to strike against the Knights, hitting the accelerator when the defensive line was on the back foot.

It’s a strategy Mullins believes will be more effective and less predictable.

“You have to do it at the right time. When the defence is coming at you because they’re going to read it every time,’’ he said.

“You need to do it when they’re on the back foot.’’

Inglis rejected claims this week Souths lived and died by his deeds.

“Looking at the [Tigers] game we lost our game a bit [when I went off] but I don’t think so, I was out a few weeks last season and the boys did pretty well,’’ he said.

However, Mullins countered thoughts Souths were too Inglis-centric by declaring he needed to inject himself more often.

“The only fault I’ve got with Inglis is he doesn’t get involved in the game as much as he should,’’ Mullins said.

“A player of his capabilities, you’d be getting himself involved as much as you can.

“I thought he should have been a fullback from day dot when he was playing centre.

“His build, speed and athleticism make him a natural there.’’

Sunday, NRL round four: South Sydney v Canberra Raiders at ANZ Stadium, 2pm.