Croft welcomed as Broncos NRL leader
Prized Brisbane recruit Brodie Croft is buzzing after being slotted straight into the NRL club's leadership group since his arrival from Melbourne.
The 22-year-old halfback had his first hit-out with the Broncos on Monday at Red Hill in a brutal two-hour training session in hot conditions under coach Anthony Seibold.
At times, Croft appeared to struggle but he had no complaints when he emerged to greet the media - and no wonder.
In a huge vote of confidence, Croft confirmed he had been part of an apparent new-look, seven-strong Broncos leadership group who travelled with Seibold last week for a camp in Tasmania.
Croft admitted he was humbled just to get a chance to wear the Broncos' No.7 jersey, let alone be considered a leader at his new club.
Asked if he was surprised to be included in the leadership group before even training with the side, Croft said: "Yeah, certainly. It's a huge honour.
"Just to be a part of this club is a massive honour.
"Any time you are a halfback of a squad, you are going to have the pressure of having some leadership, whether you are in the leadership group or not.
"I am looking forward to leading these boys around and having a big influence on the team."
The leadership group is believed to be completed by incumbent captain Darius Boyd, Payne Haas, Patrick Carrigan, Tevita Pangai, Alex Glenn and Matt Lodge.
Dalby-born Croft had spent the past couple of weeks in Queensland as he awaited official confirmation that Melbourne had released him from the last two years of his contract.
"It's been a big process but I'm stoked to be here, back home in Queensland," he said.
"Melbourne has been unbelievable for me and my development, not only as a footballer but also as a person.
"It's been a great experience that I have got a lot out of and I couldn't thank Melbourne enough for what they have done for me.
"But now I am looking forward to what is to come."
Croft played 22 games this year for Melbourne but was overlooked for the Storm's finals run by coach Craig Bellamy.
However, the pint-sized playmaker was confident he could step up for Brisbane at No.7 as they rebuilt from their humiliating finals exit - a 58-0 loss to Parramatta.
"It's a prestigious jersey in a prestigious club," he said of wearing No.7 for the Broncos.
"It's a massive opportunity for me to be a part of. So many great players have played in that position.
"I want to honour this club and do it proud. It (Broncos) is only going up from here for 2020."
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