RUMOUR Did Brodie Croft just become a Bronco over brunch at a Sydney cafe?

pagey

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Do they? Gezz I thought he was pretty suspect from games I’ve watched. But I’m wrong often so I’ll go by that then.
Haha, stats don't always paint the full picture though. 83.2% tackle efficiency this year from 22 games and 93% in last year's final.
 

Marty Deutschmann

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maybe Hughes gets on better with Smith ... The Storms problem will be when Smith leaves there won't be an organiser in their spine anymore.

from the reports i've read, Croft is a decent game manager ... he just doesn't get to show it as much at the Storm, because Smith demands that role
Which is why Storm want to hold onto him for another year and keep in in reserves.

They don't actually want to loose him, but they see more upside in Pappenhuazen. And to keep Croft means they can't upgrade Pappenhuazen enough to guarantee keeping him. So they need to make an economic choice to cut him loose now
 

Stu_9

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Is there any rumour as to what Croft is going to cost us? Anything under 400k I would say seems fair.
 

007

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Bellamy came out saying that he or the club never gave permission or were aware he was out talking? Monopoly games much.
 

bronx89

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Not entirely sure if Niko is better than Croft, may of said that in frustration lol but to me, they are similar type players. They like to run the ball, they seem to have the same kind of kicking game etc. Croft is very error prone and if he can't thrive in the Storm system, do you really think he's the guy to lead us? He's what, 22 years old. He's played a GF sure, but how did that turn out? They got smashed with Croft at 7 and he did nothing.

I just feel we need more experience in the 7, that's why I'm really on board the Chad Townsend train. Are we even in discussions with him? Have we put the feelers out?
Mate he is deadset rubbish. You may as well promote Dearden to full time half instead of wasting money on Townsend.
 

Foordy

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Bellamy came out saying that he or the club never gave permission or were aware he was out talking? Monopoly games much.
since no official offer was made, i don't actually think it matters if we talked to him ... but if it does, then the Storm must have given permission, because the meeting wasn't exactly held in secret, in the shadows of an parking lot at midnight ...

edit: he never said Croft wasn't given permission to negotiate with rivals, just that he didn't know Croft was meeting Seibs ... he said he knew Croft was heading to Sydney as well
 
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Morepudding

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To be honest SOS had two good games. He seems to have a dig but his attack needs improvement. I think he was less impressive in his games in comparison to Dreaden.
If SOS took off his iron boots he would be pretty good. He makes a lot of half breaks and seems to be quick between the ears, but **** me is he slow. That makes him an issue in defence and attack as players know they can easily catch him.
 

bronx89

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Ok, so the million dollar question (God, hopefully not literally for our sakes):

Assuming we are signing or have signed Brodie Croft, what would people expect us to have paid for him and for what length of time???

He's been the Halfback of the side who won the Minor Premiership, although he's badly fallen out of favour. He's a Brisbane lad and it would appear we haven't had to get into a bidding war for his services, but he's also a Halfback with some reasonable runs on the board so he won't be coming to us for nothing.

I'm thinking a number around the 350-400k mark might be decent value and about what he would probably command on the market?
If we do sign him I’m not too worried about his recent falling out of favour. Bellamy is a perfectionist and ruthless I.e. chambers.
 

007

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since no official offer was made, i don't actually think it matters if we talked to him ... but if it does, then the Storm must have given permission, because the meeting wasn't exactly held in secret, in the shadows of an parking lot at midnight ...

edit: he never said Croft wasn't given permission to negotiate with rivals, just that he didn't know Croft was meeting Seibs ... he said he knew Croft was heading to Sydney as well
I said this above....

It has basically thrown Croft under the bus.
 

Morkel

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Bellamy is only saying this so the Storm can say “we don’t want to lose him, if he goes then someone has to pay his full contract”.
 

broncos4life

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For mine out of all the possible options Croft is the guy we should go for.

I think the Storm's final series shows that he is a genuine halfback and exactly what we need. Without him their kicking game sucked and their attack looked like ours for the most part. Munster's game also went to shit without him there. All opposition teams had to do was shut down Smith and then the storm had absolutely nothing. Their incredible defense is the only thing that kept them in the prelim.
 

kooly87

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For mine out of all the possible options Croft is the guy we should go for.

I think the Storm's final series shows that he is a genuine halfback and exactly what we need. Without him their kicking game sucked and their attack looked like ours for the most part. Munster's game also went to shit without him there. All opposition teams had to do was shut down Smith and then the storm had absolutely nothing. Their incredible defense is the only thing that kept them in the prelim.
Mate, I was actually thinking exactly the same thing on Saturday. Obviously their defence is a million miles better than ours and that kept them in those games, but honestly their attack, full of absolute stars including one probable immortal, was basically as blunt and ineffective as ours was once you remove the genuine, game managing Halfback from the equation. They still have absolute game breakers like Munster and Papenhuyzen but without anyone to put them into scoring positions they relied on one on one brilliance time and time again, much like we have with Fifita and Haas etc.
 
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broncos4life

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Mate, I was actually thinking exactly the same thing on Saturday. Obviously their defence is a million miles better than ours and that kept them in those games, but honestly their attack, full of absolute stars including one probable immortal, was basically as blunt and ineffective as ours was once you remove the genuine, game managing Halfback from the equation. They still have absolute game breakers like Munster and Papenhuyzen but without anyone to put them into scoring positions they relied on one on one brilliance time and time again, much like we have with Fifita and Haas etc.
Exactly. For mine Croft’s omission said it all about his value. It is also funny that none of the paid ‘analysts’ of the game have picked this up and noted that this was an error on Bellamys behalf. Instead the narrative is Croft is shit because he was replaced by a fullback with no actual insight into how detrimental that was.

Although I say I am shocked but really I’m not. Most of these idiots couldn’t analyse a game or have an independent thought if they tried. This would be the basic thought process.

“hmmm Bellamy good coach, he drop Croft which mean Croft bad player. Hmmm”
 

kooly87

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Exactly. For mine Croft’s omission said it all about his value. It is also funny that none of the paid ‘analysts’ of the game have picked this up and noted that this was an error on Bellamys behalf. Instead the narrative is Croft is shit because he was replaced by a fullback with no actual insight into how detrimental that was.

Although I say I am shocked but really I’m not. Most of these idiots couldn’t analyse a game or have an independent thought if they tried. This would be the basic thought process.

“hmmm Bellamy good coach, he drop Croft which mean Croft bad player. Hmmm”
I think they really overestimated Smith's ability to do both jobs. Instead of doing one brilliantly, he did both pretty fairly mediocre, which against a side like the Roosters and even the Raiders, just wasn't enough.
 
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