Last night, Salford Red Devils star Brodie Croft was named Man of Steel for a special year in Super League.
After leaving the Brisbane Broncos, the diminutive halfback was unsure of his next plans – until Salford came calling.
And, the Red Devils helped Croft rediscover the love for the game that he had lost towards the latter end of his NRL career.
“Ian Blease (Salford Chief Executive) and the Salford club gave me a chance, it’s been a tough couple of years off the field,” Croft said.
“They gave me a chance, Paul Rowley and Danny Orr believed in me. They had so much belief in me and really helped me grow as a player to an extent that I didn’t think I was capable of.
“It’s an incredible playing group and that’s why it hurt so much not to to get the big dance this weekend.
“The journey we have been on this year has been unbelievable. Going to training I have loved it so much, I didn’t want this year to end.
“My enjoyment for the game, I mentioned that I lost a bit of enjoyment for rugby league. It’s tough because that’s why we play it, you don’t think of it as a job or chore and it has bene a bit tough. I have had some unbelievable support.
“Salford have embraced me and I am truly grateful for them.”
Croft has been linked with a move back to the NRL at the end of the year, but he dropped a big hint on his future.
“I certainly love it here and I love it at Salford, most of the boys are back next year and I love what they are about.
“My family are settled here and hopefully we can sort something out.”
Amazing player, been a pleasure to watch him this year. Proud to be a salford red. Well deserved Brodie.