MELBOURNE Storm is poised to pinch Brisbane excitement machine Anthony Milford.
Milford's contract expires at the end of the season and while early indications were he would remain at the Broncos, the Storm has emerged as a leading contender to swipe the star playmaker.
Melbourne would not comment on Milford (pictured) but it is understood list chiefs are primed to ramp up their recruitment drive.
The departure of superstar Cooper Cronk at the end of the season has freed up space in the salary cap, allowing Storm to enter the market for a marquee player.
Milford looms as the No.1 target, given he remains unsigned despite the Broncos reportedly tabling a record three-year $2.7 million deal - the richest in the club's history - early in the season.
Milford spent two years in Canberra before moving to Brisbane for the 2015 season where he has excelled, becoming one of the game's most exciting prospects.
But the contract stalemate has weighed heavily on the prized pivot with Broncos coach Wayne Bennett last month conceding the contract talks had affected Milford's form. "It affects everyone and he's no different," Bennett said.
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