Badel’s top 50: Broncos must find a way to use star’s gifts
There's no doubt that Anthony Milford has incredible talent - the Broncos just need to find a way to extract it.
He opens the second part of our top 50 countdown of NRL talents for 2020 as he looks to bounceback from a 2019 campaign of shifting positions and niggling injuries.
Check out part one here, and tune in tomorrow for part three, with Pete's top 10 revealed at The Courier-Mail NRL Season Launch on Monday.
40 Anthony Milford
LAST YEAR: 19
Has the talent to be a top 10 player but the Broncos still haven't worked out how to extract the best of 'Milf' on a weekly basis. Has showed courage to play through injuries in recent years and his kicking game has improved out of sight. Now just needs to add consistency to his match-winning magic.
39 Elliott Whitehead
The British bulldog has been at the heart of Canberra's resurgence. The Green Machine are renowned for their attacking glamour but Whitehead provides the grit. Aggressive on the edges and a handy threat in attack as well.
38 Nathan Cleary
LAST YEAR: 18
Has the potential to be a top 10 player but still some way from truly dominating the code as a halfback. Two back-to-back Origin campaigns is evidence of his class but he failed to get the Panthers to the finals last season. At 22, the only way is up for Cleary.
37 Clinton Gutherson
A fine 2019 campaign from Gutherson, who will play a key role in Parramatta's title assault this season. Fit, hungry and always keen to get into the action with his running and passing skills. His blockbusting performance in the Eels' 58-0 finals drubbing of the Broncos was a sign of what he can deliver on his day.
36 Mitchell Pearce
LAST YEAR: 28
Maligned by many but anyone who can amass 276 first-grade games at the scrumbase is a serious talent. Exorcised some demons last year when he was recalled for Origin III and led the Blues to a series win after a decade of personal misery in the NSW jumper. For the Knights to fire this season, Pearce has to stay fit.
35 Addin Fonua-Blake
An outstanding campaign with Manly last year. The 118kg dynamo averaged 163 metres per game and ranked fourth in the NRL for post-contact metres with 1401. Only one other forward, Payne Haas, eclipsed him in that area. Explosive running and great feet for a big man.
34 Victor Radley
Arguably the toughest hitter pound for pound in the NRL. By no means a monster at 92kg but such is the back-rower's technical purity, Radley whacks opponents in defence. Also a versatile player with the awareness to handle hooking duties at a pinch.
33 David Klemmer
LAST YEAR: 22
One of the most consistent props of the past decade. Still just 27, Klemmer averaged a staggering 169 metres per game last season and his tackle efficiency of 96 per cent shows he rarely misses tackles. Loses points for failing to get the Knights to the finals.
32 Joseph Manu
LAST YEAR: 48
Has developed into one of the most potent centres in the game. Eight Tests for New Zealand in the past two years is reward for his hard-running on the edges and powerful fend. Has a big role to play this season as the Roosters' No.1 centre following the departure of Latrell Mitchell.
31 Jesse Bromwich
LAST YEAR: 26
A top 10 player two years ago, Bromwich lost his edge of dominance that once made him the world's best prop. Still the Storm's key enforcer up front but Melbourne need him at his best to hit back with a premiership win this season. At 30, Bromwich is far from being a spent force.