How struggling Milford can finally be unlocked
Andrew Johns said there's still plenty of football in Anthony Milford - but it's up to the Broncos five-eighth to bring it out.
On Wide World of Sports' Freddy and the Eighth, Johns said that despite it seeming like Milford's time at Red Hill was coming to an end, that didn't mean the 26-year-old's time was up in the NRL.
"I couldn't imagine Anthony in the north of England where it's freezing cold," Johns said.
"It's there, you see glimpses, patches in the game."
Milford, Brisbane's highest-paid player, is off-contract at season's end and Kevin Walters believes Milford has not done his contract renewal hopes any favours.
Brad Fittler pointed out that Milford was the best player on the field in 2015 grand final and probably would have won the Clive Churchill Medal if not for Kyle Feldt's last-minute try.
The pair agreed that Milford should stay in the No.6 jersey, regardless of where he ends up, despite previously spending time at fullback early in his career.
"It depends how you play him - you don't want him talking. You've got a really dominant dummy-half and a really dominant halfback, he just floats," Johns said.
"There's still a player in there - whether he wants to bring it out.
"Commit. Make it the No.1 thing in your life, just rip in and train hard."
Both men also dismissed the idea of Brisbane moving star centre Kotoni Staggs into the No.6 jersey should Milford depart.
"Why would you do that?" asked Fittler, who has kept a close eye on Staggs for a NSW State of Origin centre debut.
"He's a strike centre. Don't make him think, don't overload him with game plans - he's a strike player," Johns said.