Cronk: This club doesn't settle for mediocrity
Melbourne Storm halfback Cooper Cronk is confident his side can turn things around coming into the final stretch of the 2014 home and away season.
Speaking to the media on Wednesday afternoon, the representative playmaker was adamant Storm's coaches and players would ensure they knuckle down and do everything possible to finish the year strongly.
"This club doesn't settle for mediocrity, it needs to work hard and continue to work hard to be the best football team we can be," Cronk said.
"Something needs to click, there's no doubt about that, we can't continue on the way we are.
"I'm not pointing the finger at an individual or a group of players, I'm saying that this football club from the coach down to the senior players down to the rookies need to apply themselves more than they have been."
Back-to-back losses have followed arguably Melbourne's strongest performance of the season in Round 15 against Parramatta leaving Storm in eighth place on the NRL table. The 30-year old holding faith in the team's ability to find the form required at first-grade level and cited attention to detail as one specific area where he thought Melbourne could improve.
"Everyone lifts weights, everyone trains to the same standards but its how you do it that makes you different to the opposition," Cronk said.
"In terms of an overall approach, we need to shake things up a bit and click and get into that Melbourne Storm mode of football.
"I have absolute faith in the players we have here and the coaching staff that we can turn it around.
"We've shown that in the past, let's get down to some hard work and see if we can do it again."
Cronk also allayed fears over his fitness following the typically gruelling Origin period.
"The club has a system in place in terms of recovery needs for players who go through Origin," Cronk said.
"I had five weeks off there so I haven't played a full campaign compared to some of the other boys.
"I'm fine, I don't see any issue going forward."