Melbourne game-breaker Cooper Cronk
Melbourne game-breaker Cooper Cronk

Cronk to be a Storm-man for life

Champion halfback Cooper Cronk will end his career where it started in 2004 committing to Melbourne Storm until 2018.

Storm chief executive Dave Donaghy confirmed overnight reports that the club had extended Cronk's contract for another two years which mean Melbourne's big three, Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and Cronk along with coach Craig Bellamy will continue to steer the club into the next decade.

"Copper is one of the elite players of our game and to have him, Cameron and Billy all finish their careers as one club players is a testament to their contributions is helping to build this club,"  Donaghy told APN.

Donaghy said Cronk was Melbourne "through and through" and like Smith and Slater loved the Storm club.

"We're thrilled our members will be able to continue to see Cooper play out his career at AAMI Park and be a one club player," he said.

Cronk is closing on 300 games since making his NRL debut with the Storm in 2004.

Two years later he was named Dally M halfback of the year.

He has played 19 Origin games for Queensland and 28 games for Australia.


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