Milford and Hunt go together like Langer and Lewis
BEN Hunt and Anthony Milford are hoping to become the latest long-term halves in a Wayne Bennett production line at Brisbane which started back in 1988 with Allan Langer and Wally Lewis.
On that special night at Lang Park, Lewis, with a young Alfie Langer in tow, led Brisbane to an historic 44-10 debut win over defending premiers Manly in front of just 17,451 curious fans.
In his second coming at the Broncos, Bennett will use up-and-coming Hunt in the No.7 and potential superstar Milford in the No.6 as Brisbane opens the 2015 NRL season looking for another stunning upset against defending premiers and World Club Champions South Sydney.
This time there will be more like 40,000 fans at Suncorp Stadium as Hunt and Milford start a partnership that could grow to rival the Langer-Lewis pairing, not to mention ones that followed including Langer and Kevin Walters, and Peter Wallace and Darren Lockyer.
Lockyer, who holds the club record of 366 games, made a surprise visit to training at Red Hill yesterday, engaging in a lengthy talk with Bennett before spending some time working on kicking drills with a small group of players, including Milford.
Hunt said the former Raider had a lot of structure to his game, but when things weren't working he could ad-lib and create something out of nothing.
"He's a really good support player but he can also take the line on and create and make things happen. I think we'll get along really well," the halfback said.
Hunt, who pushed for Queensland Origin selection last season and was Brisbane's player of the year, said he had some memories of Langer and Walters together and had seen a few old games of them in action on TV.
"I don't think we'll be as great as those two," he said.
But with Bennett's help and unsurpassed ability to develop players into champions, Hunt and Milford could not be in better hands as they start out on their journey on Thursday night.
Bennett no doubt has his starting side sorted, with just one or two bench spots to settle on.
One of those he is tipped to go to is West Australian-born 22-year-old Aaron Whitchurch.
Josh McGuire and former Storm and Wests Tigers enforcer Adam Blair will start in the front row, with reinforcements James Gavet, Mitchell Dodds and possibly Alex Glenn coming off the bench.