DARIUS Boyd has played just 80 minutes of football with Anthony Milford but already he rates the talented young Brisbane playmaker something very special.
Boyd made his eagerly awaited comeback for the Broncos from a ruptured Achilles in Friday night's tense 8-5 win over Penrith.
He said the 20-year-old had an unpredictability about him that made him a rare talent who in time would become one of the game's superstars.
Broncos coach Wayne Bennett knows the benefits of having a good spine.
With Boyd back at fullback, Milford at five-eighth, Ben Hunt at halfback and Andrew McCullough at hooker, he has his own awesome foursome in the making.
Boyd is 27 with another five or six good years ahead of him. Milford is just 20, Hunt and McCullough are 25. They've all got long-term deals with Brisbane and enough time to establish a spine as good as any in the NRL.
Milford, a quiet unassuming young man, handled the early pressure heaped on him by the media after a slow start to the season.
But Boyd said things were beginning to turn for Milford in recent weeks as he became more familiar with the players around him and their strengths.
"He's very exciting," he said. "He's so young and he's playing in the halves.
"Everyone was giving him some flak but I knew it would take him a little bit of time in a new club with new teammates in such a key position.
"He is one of those players that something always happens around him.
"We've got a good mix with McCullough and Benny Hunt and hopefully I can add some experience.
"But Milf gives us that X-factor, that something off the cuff that the three of us don't really have."
Brisbane's spine will get a serious work over on Friday up against a Cowboys outfit which has struck a rich vein of form, winning their last six games straight.
Halves Johnathan Thurston and Michael Morgan are in scintillating form and hooker Jake Granville and fullback Lachlan Coote are also combining well.
The Cowboys haven't lost a match since Brisbane belted them 44-22 in round three at Suncorp Stadium and Boyd said their chance to square up at home in front of their fans would drive them hard.
Boyd admitted he had been nervous before last Friday's comeback.
"I was excited to be back here at this great club but I was also nervous and a bit worried about how the body would hold up," he told APN.
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