MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 08: Brodie Croft of the Storm runs with the ball during the round 18 NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Parramatta Eels at AAMI Park on July 8, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Melbourne halfback Brodie Croft’s pending move to Brisbane appears likely to fall through, with reports indicating the two clubs have failed to reach an agreement.

NRL.com is reporting that the Storm and Broncos have ceased talks over the 22-year-old’s future due to a disagreement over the portion of Croft’s salary Melbourne would pay.

As a result, the bright prospect looks set to stay put for the foreseeable future. His contract with the Storm expires after the 2021 season.

Croft has played 39 games and scored 12 tries for the Storm since making his debut in 2016, including 22 appearances and five tries in a breakout 2019 season.

9 COMMENTS

  1. Three deal deal:
    Brodie Croft to the Titans
    Ash Taylor to the Broncos
    Leilani Latu to the Storm

    Titans pay all of Croft’s deal
    Brisbane get Taylor and titans pay 350k of his deal, broncos pay 650k.
    Melbourne pay most of Latus deal, titans pay 100k of it.

    Titans end up getting Croft to replace Taylor and save all of what they would have to pay Latu and 50k off what they would if they kept Taylor. Broncos pay 650k for Ash Taylor to return home, in home that he turns back into the player he once was. They also end up shopping Jack Bird to other clubs to save money. Melbourne have to pay a little bit more salary than they would have if they kept Croft but they have room with Chambers gone and Latu could actually go back to playing at a good level off the bench for them. Melbourne start NAS with Jesse Brom, get to keep Welch and Latu for off the bench.

  2. Croft would be a great replacement for Kearan Foran either for 2020 or 2021 if Canterbury cant medically retire Foran or release him to another club. Foran would be good for Titans with Ash Taylor .

  3. Even at 650k Taylor would be hugely expensive. On form he would be worth about 200k. If they are arguing about Crofts asking price could hardly afford Taylor.

  4. Why would anyone buy Latu??? He’s barely good enough to play State Cup! None of those players are worth what they are getting paid.

  5. Broncos clearly want the Storm to pay part of Croft’s salary but why should they. Croft is probably on unders anyway after playing his first full season and would certainly offer full value for the Broncs. I don’t blame the Storm for keeping him.

  6. Good decision by Storm not to release Croft. I think 2020 is the year where Croft can really add value. He needs to improve his defence, and bring more energy to his position.

    By the way, there is news that Che.at Club Broosters are trying to keep Latrell by opening up their check books. Of Course as everyone knows, salary cap does not apply to this che.at club, and NRL is the corruption Corp supporting the Broosters to che.at.

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  8. One injury into the storm’s season and Croft is back on deck, so I hardly think they should let him go.

    I’m not convinced that there is a halfback in the competition that Brisbane can get that will solve their problems.

    Basically, whoever they get is going to have the hopes of all the supporters hanging on them. I don’t think that is a good situation to go into.

    Crofts stats look ok, but that’s playing in an absolute top level team with guys around him playing very well. Fast forward to game one next season at Brisbane and he’ll be thrown the ball and expected to work miracles. Not the type of player he is. Not many players are that and even less of them are consistent enough to work in a top 8 team.

    Brisbane are in trouble for next year. I am a broncos fan, not in denial.

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