Smith, Cronk, Slater – The Last Time
Regardless of the result on Sunday, this game marks the end of an incredible era at this Club.
For the last time ever Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk will play together for the Melbourne Storm.
They have long held label of ‘The Big Three’ however their humility has them disregarding that nickname with every chance they get.
What this trio have accomplished together in the purple jersey will never be seen again.
A combined 977 games for the Club, they grew together through the development ranks at Brisbane Norths before taking Storm fans on a remarkable 15-year journey.
The names Cronk, Smith and Slater will forever bring a smile to Melbourne faces.
Sunday night will be the last time we will hear those name said alongside one another on an NRL field.
It will be the final chapter of an incredible story.
“It has been remarkable to not only have three players like they are but to have all three at the same time and all three working well together,” Storm Football Director Frank Ponissi said.
“It is a remarkable story if you think about it, two of them (Smith and Slater) born on the same day and the other one was born six months later, all in the same state and not far from each other.
“To achieve all of that together has made it a remarkable story. There will be a few tears on Sunday night whatever happens, it has been a privilege for people like myself to just be a part of that.
“They make everyone else better in the organisation, whether you are a player, a staff member or a coach, they make you better.”
The tissues will be at the ready post game, as a lifetime of unforgettable memories flash before purple eyes.