NRL veteran Anthony Milford eyeing up Super League move with club named – reports

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Anthony Milford celebrates his try against St George Illawarra Dragons during Round 13. (AAP Image/Alamy - Jono Searle)

Samoa international and Dolphins playmaker Anthony Milford has been linked with a move to Leigh Leopards for the 2024 Super League campaign.

Renowned Australian journalist ‘The Mole’ has reported that the 29-year-old is eyeing up a move to the Leigh Sports Village, writing for Wide World of Sports.

Milford, who represented Samoa at last year’s delayed World Cup in England, has made 217 appearances in the NRL but endured a disappointing personal campaign with the Dolphins during their inaugural season under veteran coach Wayne Bennett.

He was limited to just 11 appearances, with halves Sean O’Sullivan, Isaiya Katoa and Kodi Nikorima ahead on the pecking order. Of those 11, six came from the interchange bench with minutes ranging from 26 to 45.

Challenge Cup winners Leigh look set to lose starting half-back Ben Reynolds at the end of the season, with his contract set to expire and head coach Adrian Lam admitting rival clubs had shown interest in the 29-year old.

Examiner Live reports that Featherstone have set their sights on the former Wakefield man, who had a brief loan spell at Post Office Road in 2019.

Joe Mellor has been predominantly utilised from the bench in 2023, losing the starting spot to Reynolds, which could open space for former Queensland representative Milford.

Milford initially agreed to a two-year deal with the Dolphins to reunite with Bennett, but could see his stint cut short for the move to England.

He has had an 11-year career in the competition Down Under to date, making his debut with Canberra Raiders before spells with Brisbane Broncos and Newcastle Knights.

The Leopards also have quota spots available for 2024, with skipper John Asiata, Ricky Leutele, Tom Amone, Edwin Ipape and Kai O’Donnell all contracted through until next season.

Forward duo Ava Seumanufagai and Ben Nakubuwai remain off-contract at the end of the year.

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