New Leeds Rhinos star Brodie Croft has signed a three year deal at Headingley following his departure from Salford Red Devils turning down a number of other clubs such as Leigh Leopards.
Croft started out in the NRL with Melbourne Storm and in an ironic twist of fate would announce himself against the Leeds Rhinos in 2018.
This was in the World Club Challenge in Australia as he tore Leeds apart with a Man of the Match display.
In Leeds’ first season without Danny McGuire, Croft was perhaps showing Leeds what they would eventually need,
Croft was replacing another legend in the shape of Cooper Cronk but despite this electric start to his NRL career, his momentum would stall.
Eventually he would try his hand at being one of the many to haul Brisbane Broncos out of their rut but would be unable to.
This led to his move to the AJ Bell Stadium where he would rekindle his career and win the Man of Steel but immediately questions were asked about a potential return to the NRL.
Salford tied him down to a massive eight year deal following this. This deal had NRL clauses in it and many NRL clubs came to move for Croft.
According to reports in Australia, the likes of Wests Tigers, St George Illawarra Dragons and Gold Coast Titans all made moves for Croft to no avail.
Leeds would eventually recruit the stand off beating Super League rivals Leigh Leopards to the signing of the former Man of Steel.
Croft has signed a three year deal at the club. This comes after the Rhinos paid £200,000 for the stand-off on a deal which is believed to be a deal worth a value of $2 million.
Despite the huge value of the transfer and the subsequent contract, there are NRL clauses in his contract.
This was initially reported by the Daily Telegraph with Croft’s agent confirming their existence as well.
However, Serious About Rugby League understands that these clauses only activate ahead of the final year of the deal.
Thus, unless a transfer fee is paid, Croft will be at Headingley in 2024 and 2025.