It is hard to think of any player in the NRL this year who learned more than Brodie Croft.

The 21-year-old halfback was given the starting job for the first five weeks of the season however the team's patchy form did not help him settle.

Croft went back to play with Easts Tigers in the Queensland Cup and to his credit worked as hard as he possibly could for another opportunity.

He was made to wait for it but that chance eventually came again in Round 17 against the Dragons. In a two-week stretch Croft produced two tries, three line breaks and six tackle breaks.

The return of key personnel after Origin meant Croft was back out of the side but when he earned a recall again in Round 23 against the Eels he did not relinquish his spot in the side again for the rest of the year.

The experience of playing in an NRL Grand Final and performing well throughout the final series will give this youngster invaluable confidence heading into what shapes as an exciting 2019.

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