Junior Kangaroos vice captain Brodie Croft and captain David Fifita.

Melbourne halfback Brodie Croft says Brisbane remain interested in securing his services for 2020.

While the Junior Kangaroos vice-captain's club future remains up in the air, one thing is more certain - he intends calling on Matthew Johns to help him improve his game.

Croft, who will re-unite with Brisbane schoolmate Kalyn Ponga in the halves for the Australian Under 23 team against France at WIN Stadium on Friday, was photographed at a meeting with Broncos coach Anthony Seibold last month and admitted a move was still on the cards.

The 22-year-old remains under contract to the Storm and said there was no mention of him leaving when he underwent his end-of-season review, despite falling out of favour during the NRL finals series.

After playing 22 matches at halfback for the Storm during 2019, Croft was dumped for the opening finals clash with Canberra and did not play again.

The scheming No.7 said he would like his future resolved sooner rather than later and would consider returning home to Queensland but he insisted he was also happy in Melbourne.

"Obviously there is interest, you can't hide from the photos that have been taken," Croft said of the meeting with Seibold.

"We discussed the potential there at the Broncos. It was a good conversation but in saying that nothing's been set down in writing yet.

He has an outstanding knowledge of rugby league, just the way his brain works

Brodie Croft on working with Matthew Johns

"It is what it is at the moment and we will see what happens. I've loved my four years of being in Melbourne. It would be tough to leave if I am to go. I would like to get things finalised and then I can focus on what I need to focus on next year."

After taking over the halfback role in 2018 following Cooper Cronk's departure to Sydney Roosters, Croft worked closely with Johns and he plans to do so again.

Croft would travel to Sydney and meet Johns and the pair would go over aspects of his game he needed to improve.

"He has an outstanding knowledge of rugby league, just the way his brain works and he really simplifies things," Croft said of Johns.

"That really helped my game last year and I tried to build on those things this year as well.

"I certainly got a lot out of those one-on-one sessions with him. You take your textbook with you and you fill out a lot of pages while you are with him.

"You just try to get as much information out of him as you can so I will look forward to doing some more work with him.

"I've got his number and I have already been thinking about that and I look forward to doing some work with him in the near future, whether that is just before I go back from pre-season or in pre-season as well."

Despite the disappointing end to his season with the Storm, Croft feels that he had a good year overall and he told that to the Storm coaching staff during his review.

"Looking back overall I was pretty happy with how I went as a collection of the season," Croft said.

"I wanted to make sure I played consistent football and do my job for the team week in and week out. Overall I was fairly happy with that.

"There are a few things I like to really concentrate on as a halfback, obviously to kick well and you want to make your tackles so those two things I thought were probably my two strengths during the year."

 

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