The Courier-Mail

Kevvie raves about heir to his throne

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pivot in NRL history, Milford compiled eight tackle busts, two tries, a field goal, two try assists and three line breaks.

Walters, who won five titles at the Broncos scrumbase, has worked closely with Milford this season and believes the Maroons hopeful has every facet of five-eighth play covered.

“Anthony is the complete package,” said Walters, the 237-game Broncos veteran, who works on Brisbane’s offensive systems.

“His kicking game and his passing game are great, but then there’s his running game, which is his great asset.

“Brisbane are lucky to have him in their hands. He is still only 21, so it’s scary to think just how good he is going to be.

“It’s been a pleasure to work with Anthony. It’s exciting to watch him improve every week.”

Milford went within a whisker of breaking the NRL’s record for most metres by a fiveeighth.

He is now ranked third behind Kurt Gidley (230m) and Paul Gallen (236m), who played five-eighth against Souths on the eve of the finals in 2009.

In an ominous sign for Brisbane’s NRL rivals, Walters said he instructed Milford and halfback Ben Hunt to go for the jugular by taking on the Souths defence.

“I actually challenged Anthony and Ben this week to run the ball more,” he said.

“Milf is such a dangerous player. His best asset is to run the ball and that’s what I wanted to see him do.”

Milford revealed how Brisbane’s coaching staff toughened him up by forcing him to tackle big boppers at training to prepare him for five-eighth.

“I needed to get defensivel­y strong,” he said. “Wayne and Mooks (assistant Steve Kearney) did a really good job there, sending big boys into me week in and week out at training. It’s good to see it’s paying off,”

Hunt admits he was left in awe of Milford’s destructio­n of the premiers.

“He can do everything in the game,” Hunt said. “He is the full package.”

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