In Melbourne for the last time
Win or lose, what is certain is that Friday night will be the last time Cooper Cronk plays for Storm in Melbourne.
It is an emotional subplot to what is a blockbuster Preliminary Final between Melbourne and the Broncos at AAMI Park.
For 321 games the champion halfback has represented the purple jersey with pride, passion and absolute class.
He will depart the Club at the end of the season to begin the next chapter of his life in Sydney.
Storm fans watched at the old Olympic Park as a young playmaker emerged as a rising star.
Fast track 14 seasons and they will see him play for the last time in Melbourne, having now cemented his place as one of the greatest players to ever represent the Club and indeed the game of rugby league.
The 33-year-old means a great deal to everyone associated with Storm, especially his teammates, and it is that reason why he will serve as a great motivation for them this week.
“Coops will go down as a legend of this Club,” Jesse Bromwich said.
“For me, trying to send him out a winner is a big motivational factor for me. I have really looked up to Coops, he has been nothing but kind and nice to me throughout my whole career.
“It terms of our attack he does a huge job with all of that. He has been doing it for the last 15 years, he is an absolute legend around the Club. He trains well, prepares well and everything he does it just all quality and class.
““Hopefully Storm fans come in their numbers because it is Cooper’s last game here.”