Storm young gun Croft eager to pick up where he left off
RUGBY LEAGUE: A strong finish to a rollercoaster season has buoyed Brodie Croft's hopes for a promising year ahead in the No.7 jersey at Melbourne Storm.
The young gun, who is currently on the Sunshine Coast as part of Queensland's Emerging Origin squad, started 2018 in halfback for the NRL heavyweights but was soon dropped after round five.
However, he battled his way back into the squad from round 17 and proved solid in the tail-end of the season, even running out in the grand final for the club.
It was an effort that proved a confidence boost for the 21-year-old, who is keen to continue his growth in the NRL this year.
"I'm just trying to keep doing my job for the team and I want to continue on from where I left off from last year," Croft told the Daily.
"I felt really strong about my game and how I finished last year so I want to keep building off that and try not to over complicate things, keep it simple and really work hard.
"Obviously I want to cement that round one position at halfback and from there just push forward and have a really good, strong year."
It's certainly been a positive start to the year for Croft, who was keen to soak up all he could from Origin greats Johnathan Thurston, Sam Thaiday and Justin Hodges during the Emerging Origin camp at Twin Waters over the weekend.
It was the first time Croft had participated in the camp and was one of 15 of the state's hottest Maroons prospects selected for the opportunity.
"I'm really grateful to be here and it's exciting times," Croft said on Saturday.
"I'm just hoping to pick the brains of those guys and just learn more about that Queensland culture and what it's all about."
Croft admitted their was plenty of competition for the state's coveted halfback role, but was privileged to be considered one of the side's future prospects.
"I'm just doing everything I can at the Storm at the moment and if that opportunity (to play for the Maroons) ever came I'd certainly be nervous about it but I'd be more excited I reckon," he said.
"When you think about it, it's pretty exciting that I'm on the cusp, but there's a long way to go before then.
"I'm just happy to be here and learn off the blokes that are around me."
The rising star has relished pre-season so far, and even lauded the efforts of Sunshine Coast Falcons talent that's travelled south to join the Storm at training.
"Darryn Schonig and Nicho Hynes were down doing pre-season and they trained really well, are strong trainers and are really good recruits for the Sunshine Coast Falcons," he said.
"The Storm are actually doing a Geelong camp at the moment for two weeks and they got rewarded by Craig (Bellamy) to come down and do those two weeks with us, which is obviously a reflection of their hard work that they've been doing and it's putting them in good stead for a big year ahead for them at Falcons."