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Anthony Milford free to return after off-pitch incident investigated


Anthony Milford will be allowed to return to the NRL following the completion of the league’s investigation into an incident which led to assault charges which were ultimately dropped.

According to a statement from the NRL, Milford’s application to register with Newcastle Knights will be “conditionally registered with mandatory requirements”.

“Milford’s eligibility to play in the Premiership will depend on his successful completion of a series of bespoke personal development and rehabilitation programs and ongoing assessments with NRL Wellbeing & Education, including regular updates from the health unit. ‘integrity on his progress,’ read a statement from the NRL.

“Milford will be granted conditional registration to train with Newcastle Knights while he completes these programs but will not be allowed to play until the programs are substantially complete, he has been assessed by a professional appropriate and will have met the NRL They will not be allowed to play until Round 11, providing 4 weeks for relevant programs and assessment.

“The NRL has zero tolerance for any form of violence involving women and will always take serious action in relation to such incidents.

“The conditions imposed on Milford’s registration take into account the seriousness of the incident and focus on the education and rehabilitation of Milford before he is cleared to compete in the Premiership.”

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