Milford is one of several big names Brisbane coach Anthony Seibold has put on notice. The 25-year-old has switched between five-eighth and fullback, but needs to work on his fitness to hold down the latter position.
If the Broncos release Milford – and are prepared to pay some of his freight to get him off their books – the Tigers would want him at Concord. Corey Thompson has done a solid job when given an opportunity at fullback, but the Tigers haven’t settled on a long-term No.1 since James Tedesco left for the Roosters two years ago.
Milford is viewed as someone who can provide more strike from the back and also transition into the No.6 jersey when Benji Marshall retires.
The Maroons star is one of the most recognisable faces in the game, but the Warriors are prepared to splash the cash for a relative unknown. The Stephen Kearney-coached outfit wants to poach Melbourne forward Tino Faasuamaleaui, who is set to become one of the biggest beneficiaries as players coming off contract at the end of next season become open to approaches from rivals.
Faasuamaleaui, 19, has made five first-grade appearances for the Storm, including his debut against the Dragons in round 16. However, good judges feel he has the potential to become a superstar and the Warriors are ready to throw the chequebook at him.
The Warriors are prepared to offer Faasuamaleaui $700,000 a season for up to five years, a huge punt given his inexperience. The trans-Tasman outfit has shown a willingness to gamble on youth, as seen by the $3 million offered to Dylan Brown before he’d made his Parramatta debut.
The Warriors are also in the mix for Fifita and are prepared to pay him $1 million a season to seal the deal. The Faasuamaleaui-Fifita double play is an acknowledgement Kearney’s forward pack needs an overhaul to return to finals football.
The Warriors’ offer to Faasuamaleaui is more than twice what the Storm are prepared to pay to keep him. Given he has a young family, the Broncos junior may be tempted to make the move. Fans will get a chance to see what the fuss is about when he represents Samoa against a Tongan pack that includes opposing back-rower Viliame Kikau.
The transfer market is expected to heat up now November 1 has ticked over. Matterson is available to clubs immediately. Latrell Mitchell, Cody Walker, Jack Wighton, Josh Jackson, Nick Cotric and Dylan Brown are up for grabs next year.
Adrian Proszenko is the Chief Rugby League Reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald.