Raiders player Anthony Milford. Photo: Katherine Griffiths
Raiders sensation Anthony Milford says the support of his parents in Canberra can help stabilise him off the field, but it's the advice of senior teammates that has him determined to reach new heights on it.
Milford, on advice from the Raiders, refused to address questions from the media about whether he'd be tempted to stay in Canberra beyond this season and renege on a two-year-deal with the Brisbane Broncos.
Milford has been quoted saying: ''I've signed with the Broncos … nothing has changed.''
But the 19-year-old does have until round 13 to backflip on that decision, an option that was used by his teammate and good friend Josh Papalii last year.
Milford had cited homesickness and ongoing health concerns for his father, Halo, as primary reasons he chose to sign with the Broncos for 2015.
But Milford admitted the relocation of his parents from Brisbane to Canberra this year would provide the family support he had been missing.
''Having mum and dad here really helps me out, especially with all the off-field stuff as well,'' Milford said. ''It keeps me grounded and level-headed.
''I've grown up a bit more, but it's always good having mum and dad there just for support, and knowing I can go home to them.''
Milford has sought advice from senior teammates Terry Campese and Brett White about dealing with any distractions, aiming to continue the form that had him win the Mal Meninga Medal as Canberra's best player in his rookie season last year.
''They've said don't let any off-field distractions get in the way of what I want to do this year, especially for the team as well.
''I've put last year at the back of my head and am looking ahead to how I can improve.
''Ricky [Stuart, Raiders coach] isn't worried about it, either. Ricky's improved my game a lot and, learning-wise, I'm still finding my feet.''
Milford reiterated he's ready to give his all to the Raiders this year, despite his looming move to the Broncos. ''I'm always going to give 100 per cent whether I'm staying or not, that's just me,'' he said.
Milford will again play at fullback, with Campese and Jack Wighton to be given first crack in the halves in round one against North Queensland.
Milford is adamant he'll have no problems overcoming the dreaded ''second-year syndrome'' as rivals pinpoint him as a key target to shut down.
He will shoulder more responsibility as one of Canberra's few ''X factors'' after the sackings of representative backs Josh Dugan and Blake Ferguson.