Brodie Croft joins Salford Red Devils on two-year deal. Maligned Broncos half Brodie Croft will look to reignite his career with a move to English Super League club Salford. Croft, 24, joins the Red Devils on a two-year deal after a difficult couple of seasons in Brisbane
The halfback joined the Broncos alongside coach Anthony Seibold but struggled to secure a regular place in the struggling team.
Those fortunes continued under Kevin Walters, seeing Croft become one of a host of players constantly rotating in and out of the first-grade side.
He’s played 12 games so far in 2021, starting in the no. 7 jersey the last four NRL games, most recently in the round 21 loss to Newcastle.
Off contract at the end of the season, Croft was always likely to be headed out the door at Red Hill as Walters and new football director Ben Ikin look to rejuvenate the squad.
At Salford, Croft will be joining former NRL players Ken Sio, Kallum Watkins, Tui Lolohea, Krisnan Inu and Elijah Taylor.
“I’m super excited about this opportunity to join the Red Devils,” Croft said.
“(Coach Richard Marshall) has been very thorough and bold with the ambitions going forward at the club and I cannot wait to get started.
“I’m also really looking forward to meeting the Salford faithful next season, who I’ve heard are some of the loudest and most passionate fans in the league.
“I see the restrictions have just lifted in the UK, which is great news! It would be great to see as many people in the stands again as possible, to help the club come out of the pandemic together and finish the year strong both on and off the field.”
Prior to joining Brisbane, Croft debuted and played 39 first-grade games with Melbourne, including the 2019 grand final.
Coming out of the Storm system, Croft was considered one of the top playmaker prospects in the competition.
The club’s football director Ian Blease said Croft has shown a strong desire to get his career back on track.
“Brodie coming to the Red Devils is up there with any singing in recent times for this club,” Blease said.
“It has taken a long period of time to get this deal done but I am so pleased to get a player of Brodies quality and class officially across the line.
“Brodie can come to the Red Devils and enjoy his rugby league again, he is still only a young half back and after speaking with him over the last few weeks he has the determination to come to the club and push us on with our ambition, it will be tremendous to see him don the Red Devils shirt next season and beyond.”
Salford sit in 10th place in the 12-team Super League competition, well out of contention for the top six ahead of the playoffs.