NRL refuses to register Milford’s Rabbitohs contract while player faces assault charges

The NRL is refusing to register the contract of South Sydney recruit Anthony Milford in a huge blow for a club still coming to grips with the loss of key playmaker Adam Reynolds.

Milford was arrested and charged with three counts of assault occasioning bodily harm and one count of wilful damage involving a vehicle stemming from an incident in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley on September 20.

Former Brisbane Broncos player Anthony Milford leaves Brisbane Arrests Court.Credit:Toby Crockford

The NRL has opted not to register his contract until the court proceedings are finalised.

“Given the severity of the allegations, particularly that two charges allege violence against women, the NRL will not consider an application for registration until the court process is complete,” the NRL said in a statement.

The Rabbitohs issued a statement of their own, saying they “respect and support the NRL’s decision.”

South Sydney signed the former Bronco with a view to him providing much-needed halves experience to a team that has lost Reynolds (move to Brisbane) and Benji Marshall (retirement).

Rookie coach Jason Demetriou will now have to rely on Blues star Cody Walker and youngsters Blake Taaffe and Lachlan Ilias to fill the void. It will be a huge ask to replace Reynolds, who will line up against Souths in his first match in Broncos colours.

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