Brodie Croft of the Storm kicks a match-winning drop goal against the Cowboys.
Brodie Croft of the Storm kicks a match-winning drop goal against the Cowboys. JOE CASTRO

Cronk clone Croft's star continues to rise

GOLDEN boy Brodie Croft stepped out of the Cooper Cronk shadow on Saturday night, booting Melbourne Storm to victory at AAMI Park.

Croft, 19, showed class and poise, beyond his years, to finish off a defiant North Queensland 23-22.

"You visualise it, you dream about it and to go out there and put it into practice was an incredible experience," Croft said after the game.

"When it went into golden point I though this is definitely that moment I've been practicing all week and it was my time to shine."

Croft debuted in the corresponding round last year, when an Origin-depleted Storm travelled north to take on St George. It was a case of one and done for the Dalby, Queensland product.

Like every Storm player before him, Croft has been forced to earn his purple jersey.

"I was thinking the other day that it has been 364 days since my last NRL game," Croft said.

"It's a fairly long time between drinks but I kept slogging away and the coaches gave me belief that my time would come and to be ready to put both feet forward."

Croft, dubbed 'Cooper Cronk 2.0', last night credited "mentor" Croft for fast-tracking his development over the past two years.

With that have come the comparisons, which Croft has learned to embrace.

"Early on I didn't know how to take it as it's a positive but you want to make a name for yourself," Croft said.

"It's not a bad nickname to have, the boys give me a bit for it but that's one of prime reasons I came down to Melbourne in the first place, to learn off someone like that and certainly with how things have unfolded for next year I'm certainly pushing my case and doing what I can to build up to the player I want to be."

News Corp Australia


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