Brisbane coach Anthony Seibold has hinted pivot Anthony Milford will switch to fullback for Saturday's NRL clash with Newcastle, swapping with Darius Boyd.
For the first time in his 305-game NRL career, Darius Boyd is set to switch to five-eighth after Brisbane coach Anthony Seibold all but confirmed the move ahead of Saturday's clash with Newcastle.
While Broncos skipper Boyd has been adamant he is no pivot, Seibold on Friday indicated a swap between the veteran fullback and playmaker Anthony Milford for their must-win showdown with the Knights.
NRL greats Johnathan Thurston and Andrew Johns demanded Seibold name Boyd in the No.6 jersey after just the first five rounds this year following a lacklustre season start by the 31-year-old.
But Boyd quickly poured cold water on the move despite Brisbane great Darren Lockyer successfully pulling off the positional change back in 2004.
"Fullback is definitely my best spot. It is just the way I play naturally - you don't do that for 13 or 14 years and then try and change positions," Boyd told reporters at the time.
But it seems desperate times have called for desperate measures.
Eyebrows were raised this week when Milford swapped with Boyd at training at Red Hill.
And Seibold refused to rule out the change as 12th-placed Brisbane prepared to end a two-game losing streak and stay in the top eight mix against the No.5-ranked Knights.
When pressed on the switch, Seibold said on Friday: "You guys (media) turn up to training during the week so you should be able to get a decent enough picture of where they are going to play.
"I am not going to comment on positions publicly before the game, I don't need to.
"But I am happy for you guys to work it out."
When asked if that was a 'yes', Seibold said: "I am not going to comment on it."
Boyd has only ever played fullback, centre or wing during his illustrious NRL career.
And Milford hasn't played fullback since launching his NRL career with Canberra in 2013 before making the switch to pivot under Wayne Bennett when he arrived at Red Hill in 2015.
Yet it seems Seibold is prepared to roll the dice after Boyd came under fire for his defensive display in the No.1 jersey this season.
Seibold appears desperate to do what he can to spark a finals run and overcome their woeful away form.
The Broncos have won just one of six away games this year.
And they are averaging just 16.8 points per game, the third fewest in the league.
After winning four of five games Brisbane have lost their last two by a combined total of 64-28.
"We have shown great signs but the nature of our group is that they are still learning and we have got to be better on the road," Seibold said.