Finals fever hits the NRL
Cooper Cronk joined representatives of the seven NRL finalists, helping launch the 2014 Finals Series in Sydney on Monday morning.
At the traditional captain's call, Cronk said he was excited to be apart of the September action once again.
"It's a really good time of year to be playing football, spring is in the air and there's some trophies up for grabs," Cronk said.
"The best thing about finals is it's the best teams agains the best teams and the best players on the biggest stage.
"Hopefully we have done the hard work this year and really cement our spot and execute our game plan."
Melbourne will face off against the Canterbury Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon at AAMI Park in the third meeting between the two sides for 2014. The Storm halfback says his side know the tough challenge the Bulldogs will bring to Melbourne.
"They are a very good team obviously. They are quite physical, very confrontational up the middle third of the field," Cronk said.
"Really looking forward to it, elimination football is really cut throat, you've got to play your best football then and there on Sunday afternoon."