Hard work beats fairytales: Cronk
Sunday will be the last time Cooper Cronk pulls on the Storm jersey.
Before you reach for the tissue box remember he would not want you to do that.
This week is not about him, it is about the Club he holds so close to his heart.
Cronk knows there will be no better way to sign off than with a win in his 323rd and final game in the purple jersey.
However this superstar No.7 has been around too long to even start dreaming that far ahead.
“There are no such things as fairytales in rugby league, only hard work and results,” Cooper Cronk said.
“You guys have every right to have opinions and write your articles but I can guarantee you that my focus isn’t on fairytales.
“I’m just going about my business the best I know, with all the information I’ve got in front of me. Hopefully come 7.30 on Sunday night the team and I are ready to put our best performance together.
“It doesn't just happen, because there is another team over there that is playing tough, uncompromising, resilient football. We have to go out there and match it with them, if not more, to get a positive result.”
Cronk is preparing for his seventh Grand Final in 12 years.
Both he and his teammates will face a red-hot North Queensland side that has swept all before them in this year’s finals series.
Elimination final wins over the Sharks, Eels and Roosters has seen them come from eighth place to a Grand Final berth.
Every minute of the game will likely be planned out to a tee by these two well-drilled sides. Although the truth is, not much more can be done over the next six days.
“When you get to this stage half the game has already been played,” Cronk said.
“Teams have done the pre-season, you are mentally and physically prepared. The other 50 per cent is just executing the game plan on Sunday night.
“We have been really consistent this year, that gives us confidence because when the big lights are on and the stadium is packed you go back to your habits and our habits have been really positive.”