Melbourne have confirmed the departure of Brodie Croft and Curtis Scott as they shake up their NRL playing list for 2020.
Halfback Croft is joining Brisbane while premiership centre Scott will link with Canberra after the Storm released them from their contracts.
Both players made their NRL debut for Melbourne in 2016 with Scott going on to play 48 NRL games, including nine in 2019, while Croft took his career tally to 39 appearances with 22 matches this year.
Croft fell out of favour with coach Craig Bellamy heading into this year’s finals series while Scott had a rollercoaster season due to injury and is believed to want to move closer to Sydney for personal reasons.
Test winger Josh Addo-Carr is also reportedly looking to escape his contract and return to Sydney, with the Wests Tigers ready to pounce.
But the Storm on Friday named Addo-Carr in their list of contracted players for 2020 and have said they expect him to remain in Melbourne.
With Scott’s departure and that of fellow centre Will Chambers, who is playing rugby in Japan, Melbourne can’t afford to lose another back particularly one of Addo Carr’s calibre.
Melbourne say they will make further changes to the roster before the New Year to ensure they are “salary cap compliant for the 2020 NRL season”.