The nightmare scenario all 16 NRL clubs must avoid in search of premiership success

THE start of a new year brings with it hope for all 16 NRL clubs but a premiership campaign can be quickly derailed by a major injury, off-field controversy or friction between a coach and his players.

If your team is to go deep in the NRL finals this year this is the one storyline that will bring their hopes – and yours – crashing back down to earth.

Brisbane Broncos – Milford doesn’t measure up

The Broncos lost the bidding war to keep Ben Hunt at Red Hill and instead spent their money on Sharks centre Jack Bird. That leaves Anthony Milford and Kodi Nikorima as the only halves with NRL experience in the entire squad and requires Milford in particular to develop his game management skills. The pair won 10 of the 12 games where they were Wayne Bennett’s starting halves last season but continued success will depend on whether Milford can be ‘the man’.

Can Anthony Milford be the playmaker Wayne Bennett needs him to be in 2018? Darren England/AAP Image
Can Anthony Milford be the playmaker Wayne Bennett needs him to be in 2018? Darren England/AAP ImageSource: AAP