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Leeds Rhinos splash out on Brodie Croft deal worth a reported $2 million

Leeds Rhinos have completed the double signing of Andy Ackers and Brodie Croft from Salford Red Devils with the 2022 Man of Steel winner switching to Headingley in a big money deal.

That’s according to the Daily Telegraph who have revealed the figures behind Croft’s contract after the Australian knocked back NRL interest to remain in Super League.

Both Croft and Ackers have signed three year deals at Headingley joining Rohan Smith’s revolution in which the Rhinos aim to return to the top table and compete for silverware following a disappointing 2023 campaign that petered out with just three wins in their final nine games.

The Headingley club confirmed the double signing this morning with Chief Executive Gary Hetherington explaining just how historic and significant the recruitment was.

He explained in the signing statement: “It has been a long and exhaustive search for new players for our squad in both Australia and New Zealand and here at home and we are delighted to have captured these two players.

“It represents a huge investment for us as a club and there is a lot for our fans to look forward to in 2024. It is our biggest investment in one go since we signed Iestyn Harris in 1997 when Iestyn came and made a significant difference to our squad.

“I am sure that Brodie and Andy will both do that. Apart from being good players, they are outstanding individuals that will bring experience and leadership to the group.”

Interestingly Hetherington comments on the fact that the moves signal the ‘biggest investment in one go since 1997’, when they obviously signed Iestyn Harris and reaped great rewards.

The Daily Telegraph in Australia have now revealed the extent of that investment though reporting Croft’s move to be a $2 million deal.

That deal is across the three year contract with the Telegraph explaining it makes Croft one of Super League’s highest paid players, whilst also touting that the fee was worth ‘an estimated $300,000’.

Salford will likely need to spend that money at their disposal to replace their two star players with recruitment for 2024 so far being limited to former Leeds centre Nene Macdonald.

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