Cronk calls for Storm focus


Melbourne Storm star Cooper Cronk told his team-mates to focus on earning a spot in the NRL grand final, not his 300-game milestone.

Cronk, 32, will become the 25th player in NRL history to reach the mark when the Storm face the Canberra Raiders in a preliminary final at AAMI Park on Saturday.

The half-back, however, said the Storm's focus needed to be on the prize rather than his personal achievement.

"It is a massive occasion, and it's one I'll be fortunate and very proud to be a part of on Saturday night," Cronk told a news conference on Wednesday.

"But as I've said to the boys all week there's something greater on offer here for this football club.

"I want that to be the forefront and I'm happy to take a back seat leading into a preliminary final."

A Queensland State of Origin and Australia star, 2013 Dally M Medallist Cronk is also a premiership player with the Storm.

Storm coach Craig Bellamy said Cronk's achievement deserved to be recognised in a big way.

"It's obviously a big game, the preliminary final, but you can't go past Cooper's milestone," he said.

"We're not going out there just to play Cooper's 300th game but it's a milestone we want to give some time to as it's a remarkable achievement and it needs recognition.

"Hopefully the boys will get something out of that and it will help them go a little bit harder for a little bit longer on Saturday night."