Brod Croft's marriage to Melbourne has always been a little difficult because of his relationship with Cameron Smith, according to Paul Kent.
A senior News Corp reporter and co-host of the NRL 360 told Thursday's program Croft and Smith tried to gel, given their different views on life.
The conversation followed Thursday's revelation Croft met with Brisbane coach Anthony Seybold at a Sydney cafe.
The young Storm midfielder is said to be heading to the Broncos for 2020 if he can get a deal and cut his current contract short by two years.
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"(Croft is not) a popular member of the (Storm) team … not from a personality standpoint, but he is not developing particularly well with Cameron Smith which is a big problem," Kent said.
"From a football perspective, there is just a clash of styles. Boat is a millennium, Cameron is a very different school.
"I think it's just a different way of looking at life.
"This is part of it. Football is also a part of that. Given Papenheusen's form, you had to find a way to get him there, and (Fahrom) Hughes is going great. "
Croft was nurtured as the successor to No. 7 champion Cooper Cronk when he last moved to Bondi last year.
But it has been a tumultuous time in the southern capital for the past 18 months.
Croft was playing in the losing team for 2018, but his place in the side was still in question, and he was lonely one week earlier in the final series.
Young player Papenhuizen was brought in, and Hughes moved into the role of midfielder.
A senior Fox Sports reporter, James Hooper, first broke the story that Brisbane was interested in the young midfielder.
Thursday's meeting with Siebold makes the deal look all but done.
"They should have cut the dollar and the cents. They've got to get price, get it right, "Hooper said.
"Brody is still signed with Melbourne for next year and next year, so two years have to pass."
Hooper said Melbourne is keen to overburden Croft, but does not want to match any of his salary.