Goodbyes are never easy, especially when it involves one of the greatest players to ever pull on the purple jersey.

However if you had to script a farewell it could not have gone any better as Cronk signed off on his 323rd and final game for Melbourne by tasting premiership glory.

As he had done for the previous 13 seasons, the champion halfback’s 2017 campaign was once again charaterised by consistency, brilliance and magical moments.

It was back in early April that Cronk announced that he would depart the Club at season’s end but in true Cronk-style he insisted the team carry on as business as usual.

He led from the front, producing 20 line break assists (team-high alongside Cameron Munster) and led the team in kick metres, averaging 274 per game (5th in the NRL). He also had 16 try assists and played a key hand in seeing the likes of Felise Kaufusi enjoy breakout seasons.

The 33-year-old also became just the eighth player in NRL history to play 30 finals games.

Once again Cronk featured heavily in the representative calendar, helping Queensland to its 11th series win in 12 years and will again wear the Green and Gold No.7 at the upcoming World Cup.

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Games played

Tries

Try assists

Line break assists

Kick metres

22

6

16

20

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Great result with a great bunch of lads!!! 🇦🇺🏆#memories #4nations #RISE

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