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Anthony Milford unlikely to join Queensland Reds

Canberra Raiders star Anthony Milford appears unlikely to be joining the Queensland Reds next season.

Canberra Raiders star Anthony Milford appears unlikely to be joining the Queensland Reds next season. Photo: Stefan Postles

The plot has thickened when it comes to the whereabouts of Anthony Milford in 2014 but an audacious switch to rugby union seems remote despite his manager putting the Queensland Reds on the table.

It had seemed the fight for the services of the young Canberra star had been between the Raiders, who are desperate to convince him to stay in the capital, and the Broncos, who would love to add his considerable talents to their books next season.

But a third contender was thrust into the conversation on Tuesday, with Milford's manager Sam Ayoub saying he had spoken to Super Rugby's Queensland Reds, while head coach Richard Graham confirmed his admiration for the skills of the dynamic 19-year-old back.

With the suggestion that the Raiders were starting to play hardball with Milford, who wants out of his contract to return to Brisbane to help care for his sick father, a shift to another code makes partial sense.

If the Raiders and new coach Ricky Stuart couldn't convince Milford to stay in Canberra, then they could release him under the proviso he doesn't go to a rival NRL club like the Broncos.

But despite Graham's clearly positive thoughts about Milford's potential, rugby sources have told Fairfax Media the chances of Milford bringing his fast feet to Ballymore for next season are slim.

The Reds were tight-lipped when approached for comment. But it is believed there has been no official contact between the parties and as of Tuesday, Milford remained well off the radar for the 2014 campaign.

Queensland are well-served in their halves with the Wallaby pairing of Will Genia and Quade Cooper but Milford could potentially make the switch as a rugby fullback or outside back.

But with their extended squad for 2014 virtually set in stone, the Reds are unlikely to have any room for Milford on their books, which has just been bolstered with another speedy outside back, former Waratah Lachie Turner.

Rugby Internationals 2014

Round 1
Sat, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 18 vs TGA 18 Report Stats
FJI 25 vs ITA 14 Report Stats
NZL 20 vs ENG 15 Report Stats
AUS 50 vs FRA 23 Report Stats
Sun, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 47 vs WXV 13 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 29 Report Stats
USA 6 vs SCO 24 Report Stats
CAN 25 vs JPN 34 Report Stats
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Round 2
Sat, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 15 vs ITA Report Stats
FJI 45 vs TGA 17 Report Stats
NZL 28 vs ENG 27 Report Stats
AUS 6 vs FRA Report Stats
Sun, 15 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 38 vs WAL 16 Report Stats
CAN 17 vs SCO 19 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 23 Report Stats
USA 29 vs JPN 37 Report Stats
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Round 3
Sat, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
ARG 19 vs SCO 21 Report Stats
FJI 13 vs SAM 18 Report Stats
JPN 26 vs ITA 23 Report Stats
AUS 39 vs FRA 13 Stats
NZL 36 vs ENG 13 Report Stats
Sun, 22 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 31 vs WAL 30 Report Stats
USA 38 vs CAN 35 Report Stats
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Round 4
Sun, 29 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 55 vs SCO 6 Report Stats
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Round 5
Sun, 02 NovTimes shown AEDT
BAR 36 vs AUS 40 Report Stats
USA 6 vs NZL 74 Report Stats
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Round 6
Sun, 09 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 24 vs SAM 13 Report Stats
ENG 21 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
WAL 28 vs AUS 33 Report Stats
FRA 40 vs FJI 14 Report Stats
IRE 29 vs RSA 15 Report Stats
SCO 41 vs ARG 31 Report Stats
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Round 7
Sun, 16 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 18 vs ARG 20 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs RSA 31 Report Stats
WAL 17 vs FJI 13 Report Stats
SCO 16 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
FRA 29 vs AUS 26 Report Stats
Mon, 17 NovTimes shown AEDT
IRE 49 vs GEO 7 Report Stats
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Round 8
Sun, 23 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 6 vs RSA 22 Report Stats
SCO 37 vs TGA 12 Report Stats
IRE 26 vs AUS 23 Report Stats
WAL 16 vs NZL 34 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs SAM 9 Report Stats
FRA 13 vs ARG 18 Report Stats
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Round 9
Sun, 30 NovTimes shown AEDT
ENG 26 vs AUS 17 Report Stats
WAL 12 vs RSA 6 Report Stats
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