Melbourne Storm and Easts Tigers halfback Brodie Croft was a surprise visitor to his former school’s pre-season preparations this week; stopping by at their training session in Toowoomba.
Yesterday (Monday, October 15) was St Joseph’s College’s first gym session for the Confraternity Carnival team; with the side beginning their preparations for next year’s tournament being held at Bundaberg’s Shalom College.
They were the first squad to train in the brand new High Performance Centre at The Fitlab, and were pleased to receive the visit from Croft; who shared some words of wisdom and encouragement.
‘It’s good to see you all coming in with a good attitude,” the former Highfields Eagles junior told the assembled players and staff.
“(Make the most of it, as) these are some of the best facilities around you have access to.”
He also signed a football that will be awarded to one of the players who are most deserving at the end of the first 10-week program.
St Joseph’s teacher and coach Scott Edwards said it was welcomed visit and inspiring surprise for his team.
“It was great that Brodie was able to come in during his off-season and spend some time to check in with his old school,” Mr Edwards said.
“The students were excited to see him and ask him about his pathway into playing in the NRL.”
Croft’s younger brother Zac (who the 2017 Confraternity B Division Player of the Carnival with St Joseph's and has spent time helping the squad this year) also joined in with the training session.
Zac – who normally plays at lock – is set to make the move to Brisbane next season after signing on with Easts Tigers.