Young Storm halfback Brodie Croft will become the Club’s 174th player when he makes his first-grade debut on Saturday night.
Croft, a member of the Club’s U20 Thunderbolts side, has been called into Craig Bellamy’s side to face the Dragons with Blake Green sidelined.
The Highfields Eagles junior becomes the Club’s third first-grade debutant this season after fellow youngsters Curtis Scott and Suliasi Vunivalu got their first taste of NRL earlier in the year. At 18 years, 11 months and 4 days old Croft becomes just the 10th 18-year old to debut for Storm.
In 2016, Croft has shared his time between the National Youth Competition and Queensland’s Intrust Super Cup, playing nine games for Storm’s U20s and more recently making four appearances at halfback for the Club’s feeder team Easts Tigers. In 2015, Croft was a member of Easts’ U18s Mal Meninga Cup squad.
Croft is a member of the U20 Thunderbolts’ six man leadership group and is a fierce competitor with a good work ethic and nice kicking game. The youngster spent time over pre-season training with Melbourne’s first-grade squad, getting the opportunity to learn off the likes of halves Cooper Cronk and Green as well as Storm captain Cameron Smith.
Croft’s parents have flown from Brisbane to Wollongong on Saturday morning to watch their son make his NRL debut.
Date of birth: July 14, 1997
Junior Club: Highfields Eagles
2016 at a glance
Try assists: 9
Try assists: 3
Field goals: 1