As the NRL build towards #Cronk300, Blake Green took the time to pay tribute to the man he has partnered in the halves for the last two seasons.
Cooper Cronk will become just the 25th player to reach the 300-game milestone when he runs out in the Preliminary final against the Raiders at AAMI Park.
Green has been alongside the champion halfback for 48 of those games, witnessing first hand what it took to reach the illustrious milestone.
“I am just really looking forward to this week… we can focus on a big milestone this week in Cooper’s 300th game,” Green said.
“It is a massive achievement, not just for the Club but for him personally… he’s the ultimate professional.
“He’s a massive part of the Club’s history. We had one last year in Cameron who played 300 games for the one club and he is going to do the same thing this week so it is such a huge milestone, a massive achievement and hopefully we can put in a good performance so he has good memories of the night.”
Green arrived in Melbourne in 2015 and both he and Cronk have struck up a halves pairing that has proved supremely consistent.
They have combined for 26 tries and 57 try assists over the last two seasons and while their time left together is limited, the five-eighth admits he has learned a great deal.
“I’ve learned a heap of technical things from him but the most beneficial is probably to keep a calm head,” Green said.
“He is really calm in the high pressure situations, he’s never erratic, he always knows what to do.
“Obviously we’ve seen a heap of examples in the last couple of years of how he ices the game and controls it, hopefully a bit of that has rubbed off on me as well.”