There was some huge news last night.
Salford announced last night that Brodie Croft has signed a historic new long-term contract with Salford Red Devils, keeping him at the Club until 2030.
By keeping hold of one of the competitions finest and most sought after players, the Red Devils have shown their intention to build on the incredible progress made by the team in 2022 and aim even higher in 2023.
The Australian halfback joined the Club in August 2021 and has gone from strength to strength under the tutelage of Paul Rowley.
Across 2022, Croft produced stunning performance after stunning performance to climb the Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel charts. A particularly strong ending to the season propelled Salford into a playoff position and secured the coveted award ahead of Wigan Warriors’ Jai Field and St Helens’ Jack Welsby.
Now one of his most exciting teammates Ryan Brierley has said that this is a turning point for the competition.
He took to Twitter to say:
”Massive news not only for us but Super League. Finally we get to keep the best talent in the game in our competition. Everyone involved should be applauded.”
Big news for Super League, a former Super League official in Richard Silverwood has suggested this could be the star of major success for the club:
“Unbelievable bit of business. Ian Blease and his team have done a fantastic job with that club. Imagine what they could achieve with a few more people through the gate. The support is there as shown in play offs and finals etc.”
However, despite all these positive takes a former Super League player has claimed he will not see out his full contract.
Former St Helens, Hull FC, Huddersfield Giants and Bradford Bulls winger Jamie Foster reacted to the news by taking to Twitter to say “he’ll do two seasons, three tops.”
Even if Croft only sees out two seasons, it should ensure Salford receive a big fee for his services.
Also a player of his quality, even to keep him short term will be a major coup but if he does see out the rest of his deal will set Salford up for major success.