AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 02: Joshua Papalii of the Raiders pushes away from Isaiah Papali’i of the Warriors as breaks away to score a try during the round 20 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Canberra Raiders at Mt Smart Stadium on August 02, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Canberra star Josh Papalii is believed to be considering to walk away from the Raiders to return home to Queensland, according to Channel 7 Queensland. 

The Raiders enforcer is reportedly homesick in Canberra, which has been worsened by the league’s strict NRL bubble, according to the report.

Papalii is contracted with the Raiders for a further two seasons and hasn’t formally requested a release back to Queensland.

The 28-year-old is rated by many as the best front-rower in the competition and would be highly sought after should he make an official request to return home.

“After 10 years in the nation’s capital, Papalii is considering coming home to his Brisbane-based family,” Channel 7 reporter Chris Garry said.

“Red Hill and Gold Coast officials are monitoring his status in Canberra, hopeful of luring him north next season.”

Papalii has played 214 games for the Raiders since breaking into the first team in 2011.


  1. @stiive
    Where would you play Milford?
    1. CNK
    6. Wighton
    7. Williams

    Do you try and stick him in the centres? Surely you wouldn’t have him at 14, with Strarling, Havili and Baptiste ahead of him for their ability to play 9/backrow

  2. No thank you we do not need the dud Milford back. Papa is a Raider for life. We will just relocate his family to the Act and give him a new bumper deal….

  3. Squizzy and greenlabel. I don’t care where Milford plays, it’s Papalii to the broncos that I am interested in. Milford is a dud, unless Walters is part of the coaching ranks next year, he will stay a dud.

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