Unpopular Opinion of the Week – Round 13

Previously a segment on the weekly SC Report podcast, we’ve decided to bring in a bit of left-field, controversial thinking to our weekly lineup of articles. Who better than a Manly fan to deliver this one! Welcome aboard Matt West for the Unpopular Opinion of the Week. This one’s designed to stoke the fire, so don’t be afraid to fire back!

Cleary, Munster or Hynes need to go.

Its time for Anthony “The Answer” Milford.


Newcastle were going through the wringer in their halves, there were multiple changes happening and their main half signing last year was demoted to the reserves. Performances did not improve.

Enter Anthony Milford.

From game one, the little halves class shone with his kicking and game management. He provided direction and against The Warriors, an attack with flair that Newcastle have been sorely lacking for a while now, contributing a long range pass to Clifford who grubbered to Frizell for a try, combined with Ponga to set up Edrick Lee for a try whilst running over 100 metres.

Anthony “The Answer” Milford has found a home in the steel city.

I live in Gods country (Newcastle) and have seen a fair bit of them play this year. Anthony Milford instantly looked a million times better than any other half they have had for a while. I include Pearce in that. Up until his arrival, Newcastle’s best option was to use the Saifitis, Klemmer, Frizell to beat up the middle and hope that Ponga can give early ball to Bradman Best.

That didn’t happen.

His relationship with Kalyn Ponga is going to be key to their success and push for finals. Before his arrival, the term “Newcastle” and “finals” were not bedfellows. Now, its a possibility.

But what of his Supercoach credentials?

At $486k he needs serious consideration. He has the ability to go large when in the right system ( which he now is ) and has the pedigree to back him up (just ask Catfish). With a run of Canberra, Gold Coast, Souths then Manly, I can see “The Answer” taking control of Newie when Ponga is Origin bound and maximising his time in control of the team.

Clifford definitely benefitted by having experience playing alongside of him and looked far more comfortable. It just clicked. Way less pressure on the ex-Cowboy.

He will improve game upon game and when he gets to 2021 heights, look out!

His last 3 games of 2021, he scored 108, 93 and 96. Yup, read that again. Boy. Can. Play.

So who’s leaving your team?

Nathan Cleary? $799k. Breakeven of 103, last score of 58, and will miss tons of footy until post Origin.

Nicho Hynes? $787, Breakeven of 136 and will miss tons of footy until post Origin.

Cameron Munster? $723k, Breakeven of 160 (!!!!) and will miss tons of footy until post Origin.

Cya losers.

These bench warming, money losers who all have HUGE breakevens are all candidates for a trade to the soon to be red hot Milford. Unless you LIKE losing money AND points?? Do you have all three? Are you going to carry all 3 over the byes, Origins and potential resting?

Grab a super early POD who loves to finish a season off hot.

The question is who do you trade out?

“The Answer” is who you trade in.

Good luck all.


Once 28th in Supercoach, out to claim past glories. Singer songwriter for Science Rockets ie " The best band in the world." Occasional SC Talk contributor, WWFC, Manly Sea Eagles and resident of the best place on the planet: Newcastle NSW.

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Santa Claus

I already have a milf in my life and that’s enough for me …


Can confirm that I did not write this and do not endorse any of the thoughts in this opinion piece haha

Even I wouldn’t look this way… not yet anyway!


Massive stitch-up here haha