Cooper Cronk has revealed that he will be leaving Melbourne Storm at the end of the 2017 season.
The star halfback made the shock announcement at a press conference on Tuesday, revealing that he will be moving to Sydney next year to be with his fiancee, Fox Sports TV presenter Tara Rushton.
During the conference, Cronk said the decision to leave the Club he has called home for the last 15 years was an extremely difficult one to make.
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“Melbourne Storm has been everything to me since moving down here from Brisbane as a kid back in 2003,” Cronk said.
“The Club has helped me grow into the person I am today and I will be forever grateful to Craig, the coaches, my teammates and everyone associated with this great Club for making it such a special place to be a part of. I will always be a Melbourne Storm person.”
“To our incredible members and fans, we have shared so many special moments together over the years and I promise you I will be doing everything I can to make 2017 a season we will never forget.”
— Queensland Maroons (@QLDmaroons) April 4, 2017
Cronk has played 306 games for Storm, which sees him sit second on the Club’s all-time list behind captain Cameron Smith and his 214 wins ranks as the third most of any player in NRL history.
— Melbourne Storm (@storm) April 4, 2017