Cronk signs Storm extension


Melbourne Storm great Cooper Cronk is set to see out his playing days at the club after agreeing a two-year extension, keeping the 32-year-old at the NRL outfit until 2018.

Cronk has spent his entire illustrious career with the Storm, joining in 2004 and has played 293 games to date - closing in on becoming just the club's second 300-game player behind Cameron Smith.

After starting his Storm career as a utility, Cronk has mastered the craft of the half-back like few before him since he was instated as the club's first choice in the position in 2006 by coach Craig Bellamy, going onto win the Dally M medal in 2013, as well as four Dally M half-back of the year awards.

Cronk has played in five grand finals with the Storm, winning three - though only his last win in 2012 counts as an official premiership after Storm's 2007 and 2009 titles were stripped amid salary cap breaches.

Storm chief executive officer Dave Donaghy said, "Cooper is one of the very elite players of our game and to have himself, Cameron Smith and Billy Slater finish their careers as one-club players with Melbourne Storm is a testament to the contributions these players have made to building this club.

"Cooper is a Melbourne Storm person through and through, he cares deeply about what the club stands for and makes sure the playing group lives our values on a daily basis.

"We are delighted our members will be able to see a player of Cooper's calibre play out the remainder of his career at AAMI Park."