Terry Campese trains with the Raiders on Wednesday. Photo: Katherine Griffiths
Raiders captain Terry Campese wants to turn back the clock and revert to an ''old-school'' halves combination with the newest player to don the No. 7 jersey.
Rookie sensation Anthony Milford will be given a licence to show his immense attacking arsenal when he partners Campese in the halves in Saturday's crucial match with the New Zealand Warriors at Mount Smart Stadium.
It will be the first time the pair has started a match in the halves together and comes as the Raiders need to win both their remaining games to sneak into the finals.
Campese and regular halves partner Josh McCrone normally play on separate sides of the field.
McCrone has been shifted to dummy-half with Campese returning after missing the past two games with an eye injury.
Campese believes Milford is most dangerous when he has the freedom to take on the defence from anywhere on the ground.
''I think [Milford] is just best floating and doing whatever he wants,'' Campese said. ''We might swap around a bit and create as many opportunities as possible. Start combining together and try to join up on the footy field and play an old-school six and seven role.''
Milford, 19, caused the defence plenty of headaches when he moved to five-eighth in last week's 36-22 loss to the Manly Sea Eagles.
He remains the subject of speculation about whether he will activate a get-out clause in his contract relating to family illness at the end of the season so he can return to Brisbane. He has had stints with Campese in the halves this season, but is yet to play a full game in the playmaking role alongside the skipper.
Campese is desperate to get back on the field and help the Raiders end their four-game losing streak. The former NSW and Kangaroos representative has been sidelined since being accidentally poked in the eye in the round-22 loss to the Sydney Roosters.
His eye initially closed over and he wore a patch for the first few days, but he was given the all clear by Raiders medical staff last week.
''I've had a few sessions now, I'm just glad to be back,'' he said. ''The first couple of days were a bit scary, I was lying in bed and wasn't even allowed to play with the kids.''
The Raiders fly to Auckland on Thursday.