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Cronk ponders landmark, NRL future
Cooper Cronk has enjoyed a trip down memory lane before his landmark 356th NRL game but is yet to confirm whether he will draw the curtain on his career. Almost 20 years after running around for the Queensland Cup club, Cronk is primed to leapfrog Brisbane great Darren Lockyer (355 games) and trail just ex-Storm teammate Cameron Smith (392g) on the all-time appearance list. "To pass Darren's milestone in Queensland is fitting in a regard but I take 356 games like I did others," Cronk said. "But there are fond memories coming back here (Bishop Park). This is where it all started.
The plaudits and adulation came flowing in thick and fast on Monday morning when Storm, Roosters, Queensland and Australian legend.
Twitter, Facebook and Instagram were flooded with posts and comments wishing one of the best halfbacks in the modern era well.
But his grandma wasn't about to let Cronk get off lightly.
Speaking at Moore Park on Monday, Cronk said he told his parents and grandparents about his decision on Sunday night.
Without missing a beat, his grandma pointed out the Roosters' 15-10 loss to the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium over the weekend.
NRL legend set to announce retirement
Roosters halfback Cooper Cronk is expected to announce his impending retirement from rugby league on Monday. The Sydney Roosters have called a press conference for 10am (AEST). Nine NRL reporter Danny Weidler said that Cronk was set to announce the end of his storied career. https://twitter.com/Danny_Weidler/status/1130225864480677888?ref_src=twsrc%5EtfwCronk, 35, has been widely tipped to retire after this season; the end of his two-year, $1 million per season deal with the Roosters.
"It's funny, I called my grandmother last night to let her know that this announcement was happening, and she just goes 'I thought you'd probably say that after you got sin-binned and played poorly on Friday night,'" Cronk joked.
"I was like 'thanks, nan, appreciate that."
In a classy retirement announcement, Cronk singled out Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy as "single handedly the most infuential person" on his footy career.
But even Bellamy didn't get off lightly.
"There's not too many other people on this planet that I respect more than Craig Bellamy," he said.
"We achieved a hell of a lot, but the best thing I think fondly about Craig is our mateship.
"I can't wait for him to shout me a beer, because he's never shouted me a beer in 15 years.
Cronk faces the truth about his legacy
When Cooper Cronk announced his retirement on Monday, Trent Robinson shot down the star's claim about his career.
"To share a beer and memories - not just about footy, but just as mates - that's what Craig is to me.
"He's a mate first and a coach second.
"In terms of football stuff, the work ethic, the humility, the dedication, and just the overall what it takes to make it - he taught me that.
"I wouldn't have had the career or the memories without Craig Bellamy."
Congratulations Cooper Cronk on an outstanding career
A legend of our club, we will be forever proud of the 13 years you wore the purple jersey and the way you continue to represent the Storm values on and off the field.
You will always be part of the Storm family ⚡️— Melbourne Storm (@storm)
A true legend of the game. Thank you for the memories Cooper Cronk— Dylan Matthews (@DylanMatthews91)
Thanks Cooper Cronk— LAURENmaree (@LaurenMaree_91)
Cooper Cronk is an immortal. Without question.
The teenage sensation the Roosters have identified to replace Cooper Cronk
He's only 16, but negotiations are underway. And he's the son of a former NRL player.— Meat Axe (@macktruck81)
Cooper Cronk, for a long time, was the one player over anyone else I wanted Australian rugby to snatch back from League. Still believe he could've been the master flyhalf we've craved since Larkham retired.
Today, instead, he's called time on one of the great NRL careers..— Brett McKay (@BMcSport)
All the best Cooper Cronk. Melbourne Storm legend!— Willy Aitch (@WillyAitch)
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