Anthony Milford. Photo: Melissa Adams
Anthony Milford's manager says the Canberra young gun won't be distracted by speculation about his playing future.
The Raiders and Milford's management are at loggerheads about a get-out clause in the exciting 19-year-old's contract relating to the health of his 49-year-old father, Halo.
Fairfax Media understands Halo was in Canberra on Thursday visiting his son, although that was denied by Milford's manager, Sam Ayoub.
Ayoub wouldn't be drawn on the condition of Milford's father, who had a heart attack 18 months ago and has been advised not to move away from his Brisbane home.
''I really don't want to talk about other people's ill health, that's really irrelevant right now,'' Ayoub said. ''It's something that's related to Anthony and the club, not in public.''
Despite his determination to exercise the get-out clause and gain an early release from his deal, Milford has been retained at fullback for Saturday night's crucial clash with the ladder-leading Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium.
The Raiders have ceased negotiations for an extended deal with Milford and will wait until the end of the season before discussing his future.
Ayoub is in daily contact with Milford and said the Queensland under-20s representative was taking everything in his stride.
''Anthony's fine, he knows where he stands, he knows where he needs to be, he knows what he was told a year ago when the contract was re-done and the clause added,'' Ayoub said.
''It wasn't a distraction for him last week or the week before. It may have been for the rest of the team, but it wasn't for him.
''That could be another convenient cop-out for their result on the weekend.''
Milford was one of the Raiders' best in last weekend's 68-4 flogging at the hands of the Melbourne Storm, scoring the team's only points.
His emergence has made him the raging-hot favourite for the NRL's rookie-of-the-year award.
Ayoub said he planned to speak with Raiders chief executive Don Furner in the near future, but was adamant the get-out clause was watertight.
''They put [the get-out] clause there because they recognised the welfare situation the player was in,'' Ayoub said.
''Why put a clause in there if you didn't realise there was a situation pertaining to it?
''It's there for a purpose, they agreed to have it there to serve a purpose and the time for that purpose has arrived.''
The Brisbane Broncos would be Milford's likely destination if he parts ways with the Raiders at the end of this year.
The Broncos are desperate to add more strike-power to their back line and would look to partner Milford in the halves alongside Dally M Medallist Ben Barba, but he could also wear the No.1 jersey.
Milford has become the first-choice fullback at the Raiders following the sacking of Josh Dugan early in the season.