They called him a Cooper Cronk clone when he walked into first grade for the Melbourne Storm and Brodie Croft didn’t disappoint when he ripped Newcastle apart on debut.
On Sunday, Croft could line up against Cronk in the 2018 grand final if the Roosters half can beat a serious severe shoulder injury.
“I just try not to think about it too much because you can get your head bogged down and play the game over and over in your head before you even get out there,” Croft said.
“When it comes to the game I won’t be focusing on him, I’ll be focusing on doing my job for the team.”
While Cronk has made a living out of performing on the NRL’s biggest stage, Croft admits he doesn’t have too much grand final experience.
“My junior club, we barely ever made finals so I didn’t play too many to be honest.”
But at the end of the day, it all comes down to Cronk’s shoulder.