Melbourne announce two departures

Melbourne Storm have announced the departures of centre Curtis Scott and halfback Brodie Croft, as they take up contracts elsewhere.

Scott will take up a four-year contract with NRL runners up Canberra Raiders. The 22-year-old scored 18 tries in 48 games for Melbourne.

Raiders NRL Recruitment and Hugh Performance Director Peter Mulholland told the club website: “Curtis is a player we believe has a very big future in the game and we’re thrilled to have him join us for the next four seasons.”

“At just 22 he’s already been able to play almost 50 NRL games and he’s an exciting talent who will give our squad a player who is hungry to further his development and become an even better player.”

Meanwhile, halfback Croft has signed a contract with Brisbane Broncos until the end of 2022.

Croft, also 22, comes with NRL Grand Final experience having played in the Storm’s 2018 defeat against Sydney Roosters.

Broncos Head Coach Anthony Seibold told the club website: “We are bringing Brodie home to Queensland and giving him the opportunity to represent our club and the club he grew up supporting.”

“Brodie has performed at an elite level throughout the various stages of his development and even as recent as last month represented the Junior Kangaroos under-23s team.

“I believe Brodie is ready to step up as a leader and key position player at the Broncos after learning his craft in Melbourne. He experienced a Grand Final in 2018 and is at an age where he is ready to lead a team around the park.

“Brodie gives us depth in the halfback position and he, Anthony Milford and Tom Dearden are players we believe can have a strong influence in what we do in season 2020 and beyond.”

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