Milford grateful to 'teacher' Marshall

28 February 2018 07:34:50 EST

Broncos five-eighth Anthony Milford feels the guidance of Benji Marshall last year helped improve him as a player.

Milford's set to get extra responsibility in the Brisbane side this year following the departures of Marshall and Ben Hunt.

He'll need to take on kicking duties and play a big part in game management generally, both of which he feels better able to handle after being mentored by Marshall.

Milford says as a schoolboy he used to watch YouTube highlights of ex-New Zealand international Marshall, adding: "I loved his natural flair. What he does, you just can't coach, so having him at the Broncs last year was pretty surreal.

"He was a big help to me and it was like having another teacher; he helped my kicking game a lot and really broke things down with kicking.

Milford added: "Benji's game management is really good and that is something I need to build in my game. I took a lot of knowledge from him on that.”

He had surgery on his shoulder at the end of last year but came through well in his first hit-out of pre-season against PNG Hunters last weekend, setting up several tries.

Milford will reboot his halves partnership with Kodi Nikorima in the season opener next Thursday against the Dragons - the Broncos won 11 of the 13 games in which the duo started together last year.

He said he felt the partnership would work because they both had a belief in the process that went with winning, and had been pushed by assistant coach Kevin Walters to take their game to the next level.

Brisbane are 1/1 to win their first game of the season against the Dragons, who are 41/50.

The Broncos are 10/11 with a 1.5-point start.

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