‘He needs to be dropped’: Joey’s call

Rugby league immortal Andrew Johns has called on the Brisbane Broncos to drop five-eighth Anthony Milford.

The Broncos suffered their fourth straight defeat at the hands of the Newcastle Knights, going down 27-6 on Thursday night.

A lone intercept try coming from a mistake by former Broncos players Andrew McCullough was the only source of points for Brisbane who struggled to come up with anything in attack throughout the entire match.

Since the NRL competition restarted the Broncos have not scored a second-half try and the trend continued against Newcastle, going into the sheds down 13-6 before conceding another two tries in the second half.

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After the match Johns roasted Brisbane’s attack, declaring them “clueless” and urged Anthony Seibold to take a page out of Newcastle’s book if his squad are to have hopes of improving.

“They were clueless,” Johns said on Macca’s Golden Point.

“You need your forwards to get you in field position, and when you get there you need your creative and best players handling the ball and passing to each other like the Knights did – Pearce playing to Ponga.

“I think once tonight I saw Brodie Croft pass to Milford, Milford pass to Isaako.”

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Johns took particular aim with the Broncos forcing the attack through the middle of the park.

The Newcastle and NSW legend said the lack of production from fullback Jamayne Isaako was a sign of communication problems which were leading to dysfunction within the halves.

“The Broncos when they get into attacking position, they have an obsession with attacking in the middle of the field, but that’s where teams are most comfortable defending,” he said.

“When they do have a shot, they want to send another man back in the middle – they have this obsession with attacking in the middle of the field. I don’t hear a strong voice from the back.

“I don’t see Isaako as a fullback. You see the great fullbacks in our game, they’re constantly talking to their halves and dummy half on where they are attacking and where the spaces are. I don’t see that in the Broncos.”

Johns also believed it was time for coach Anthony Seibold to drop Milford and bring in young half Tom Dearden as part of a plan to create a new attacking set-up after weeks of disappointment.

“Milford, I think he needs to be dropped. I’d be putting young Dearden in and giving him a shot. The halves aren’t playing together.

“With that middle field attack, the halves are split, they can’t play together. They need to absolutely blow their attack up.

“Anthony Seibold needs to get some new ideas.”

– with AAP

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