Transfer news; Future Anthony Milford; Dolphins, Newcastle Knights; Bulldogs to let Matt Dufty go; news, updates

Anthony Milford’s NRL return is on ice but interest still remains in the former Brisbane Broncos star.

Milford appeared set to end his exile from the competition after three charges of assault were dropped in court this week.

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The 27-year-old pleaded guilty to public nuisance and willful damage and was ordered to pay close to $2400 for a car window he damaged with a bin and was put on a two-year good behavior bond.

However, the NRL will now investigate the matter further after obtaining the CCTV footage from the night in question, according to The Sydney Morning Herald’s Michael Chammas.

The league will then make a call on any punishments Milford must serve before registering any contract.

Anthony Milford is awaiting the NRL’s investigation.Source: AAP

Speaking on Triple M, the Australian’s Brent Read said Knights are monitoring the situation.

“Newcastle, I believe, were going to contact the Integrity Unit to find out what the next step is in terms of getting him up to Newcastle and getting him in the system,” he said.

“But I suspect they will have to wait because the NRL will take their time on this.”

Read was then pressed on where Milford will end up for 2022.

“He will be at Newcastle. They basically have a deal done with him and then next year he will be at the Dolphins, that deal is just about done as well.

“His future is pretty much set in stone. It’s just a matter of when he can get back playing football, that’s his issue at the moment.”

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Matt Dufty’s horror night for the Bulldogs against the NRL Premiers has cast doubt on his future at the club.

Dufty inked a one-year deal at Belmore after being found on the outer under Anthony Griffin at the Dragons.

But the fullback put in an error-filled display against Penrith and was even called out for one key play where he refused to attack the defensive line.

Brent Read said it could mean an end for Dufty in the NRL.

“Matt Dufty is off contract at the end of the year,” Read said on Triple M. “He had that difficult night for Canterbury and made a host of errors.

“I spoke to Trent (Barrett) after the game and asked him about Matt Dufty specifically and he indicated he will be there next week.

Matt Dufty faces an uncertain future.Source: Getty Images

“My gut feel is he won’t be there next year though.

“The club has got to make a call by round 10 whether they re-sign him and the indication is that probably won’t happen so Matt Dufty will be back on the open market.

Read said it could mean Dufty has to head overseas to continue his career.

“It was so difficult for him to find a contract this year. Canterbury was the last throw of the dice for him to an extent.

“I get the feeling he may have to go to England at the end of the year which is a bit sad because he is not that old.

“We’ve seen flashes of what he can do but unfortunately there’s too many nights like the other night.”


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