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Brodie Croft signs long-term deal with Salford as reported NRL interest comes to an end

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Reigning Super League Man of Steel Brodie Croft has signed a landmark contract to remain at Salford Red Devils, bringing an end to months of speculation around his future.  

The halfback, who was once anointed as Cooper Cronk’s long-term replacement at Melbourne, moved to England to resurrect his career and enjoyed a stellar debut campaign that almost culminated in guiding his unfancied side to the grand final.  

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“I’m delighted to extend my time at Salford,” Croft said after signing a deal through until 2030.

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“This group of boys is something special and along with the coaching staff through to the performance staff and office staff, I’m excited at what the future holds for the club.”

The 25-year-old initially joined Salford from Brisbane after enduring a nightmare spell at Red Hill that saw him go from Broncos co-captain to being left languishing in the reserves following a poor run of form.

Yet Croft quickly rediscovered his mojo in the UK, registering 25 try assists in 26 appearances on his way to scooping the honour for the league’s best player along with earning Coaches Player, Players’ Player and Supporters Player of the Year awards at Salford.

“It’s fantastic news that our current Man of Steel has made a long-term commitment to pulling on the Salford Red Devils jersey,” head coach Paul Rowley said.

“The playing group, staff and myself are delighted that Brodie shares our vision and ambition for success, and we get the chance to continue to work together going forward.

“He’s a fantastic role model for our young supporters and a person who drives standards on and off the field. We are all very proud of the player and person Brodie is.”

Reported NRL interest comes to nothing as Croft remains at Salford 

Since last season drew to conclusion, reports circulated about clubs from the NRL being interested in bringing Croft back home after his incredible displays in the Super League.

Recently, the Australian was linked to the Dragons after their halves stocks plummeted because of injury and the unavailability of Talatau Amone, due to the no-fault stand down policy.

However, Croft decided to remain loyal to Salford after guiding them to a semi-final last year which they lost to eventual champions St Helens.

The Australian playmaker was ruled out of the game through concussion protocols with his absence ultimately proving decisive in a 19-12 result.

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“After some months of robust negotiations, I am absolutely delighted in securing Brodie’s long-term future at our club,” Salford’s CEO, Ian Blease, said.

“We are determined to keep our best players and the current team together for as long as possible and securing Brodie’s long-term deal meets our determination.

“It is a real statement of intent to secure such a long-term deal for our club and for such a quality player. In my view, it also demonstrates that Brodie believes our philosophy and vision as a club.

“As a player, Brodie has been welcomed by our fans similar to how they welcomed Jackson Hastings in 2018/19.”


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