Super League’s best player reportedly attracting interest from NRL strugglers

Josh McAllister
Brodie Croft in action for Salford Red Devils. Photo by PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo.

Brodie Croft in action for Salford Red Devils. Photo by PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo.

Salford Red Devils star Brodie Croft is a reported target for NRL strugglers Wests Tigers, according to The Daily Telegraph.

Croft, 25, signed a historic long-term contract at the Salford Stadium earlier in February to secure his future until the end of 2030.

However, according to Examiner Live, the initial contract is a new four-year extension which will last until the end of 2027, with the option to activate the extension.

Matt Shaw also revealed that the contract contains an NRL clause, with Croft granted permission to speak to clubs Down Under, although an estimated huge six-figure transfer fee would be required.

The Australian half-back joined the club in August 2021 following tough stints with Melbourne Storm and Brisbane Broncos in the NRL.

Croft found his best form again upon his move to Super League and enjoyed a remarkable debut season in England, winning the Super League Man of Steel award over Jai Field and Jack Welsby.

He contributed to a total of 32 tries in his first season, helping Salford reach the semi-finals – although he missed the showdown with St Helens due to concussion.

His performances also saw him named in last year’s Super League Dream Team alongside team-mates Ken Sio and Tim Lafai.

In the current campaign, the Salford number six has made 16 Super League appearances, scoring three tries and assisting 15 more.

Wests Tigers monitoring Brodie Croft

Tim Sheens’ Wests Tigers currently sit at the bottom of the NRL table with just three wins from 16, with the club set to offload a handful of star names ahead of the 2024 campaign.

Hull’s Jake Clifford is another reported target according to The Daily Telegraph, via Fox Sports, alongside Penrith Panthers half-back Jack Cogger.

Clifford, 25, is currently enjoying his first season in Super League with Hull FC but is gaining interest from NRL clubs, including his former side North Queensland Cowboys.

Wests Tigers will lose star man Luke Brooks at the end of the year after the 28-year-old signed a four-year deal with Manly Sea Eagles for 2024.

Playmaker Adam Doueihi could be set for an exit, with the Lebanon international currently sidelined for the season through injury.

Brandon Wakeham, who previously shared his interest in a Super League move, is also on the list of players who could leave the club at the end of the year.

The 24-year-old Fiji international has made 13 appearances in 2023, having joined the Tigers ahead of the current campaign following his exit from Canterbury Bulldogs.

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