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Cooper Cronk is set to finish his illustrious career as a one-club player with the halfback today agreeing to terms for a new two year deal.
The new deal will keep Cronk, 32, at Storm until the end of 2018.
Having called Melbourne home since 2004, Cronk has since gone on to play 293 games for Storm - closing in on becoming the Club's second 300 game player behind Cameron Smith.
On his way becoming one of the greatest halfbacks of the modern era, Cronk has
Represented the Club in five grand finals, including the 2012 premiership where he was named the Clive Churchill Medallist.
The 2013 Dally M winner, Cronk's career has also seen him play 19 games for Queensland, helping the Maroons to six State of Origin series wins while also winning a World Cup and Four Nations in his 28 tests for Australia.
Cronk began his professional career playing for Storm's affiliate Brisbane Norths and was used primarily as a utility in first two seasons in Melbourne.
In 2006 he was named Storm's full-time halfback by Craig Bellamy and the champion playmaker has never looked back.
The ultimate professional on and off-field leadership has been at the forefront of the Club's constant strive for success.
Melbourne Storm CEO Dave Donaghy said, "Cooper is one of the very elite players of our game and to have himself, Cameron Smith and Billy Slater finish their careers as one-club players with Melbourne Storm is a testament to the contributions these players have made to building this Club.
"Cooper is a Melbourne Storm person through and through, he cares deeply about what the Club stands for and makes sure the playing group lives our values on a daily basis.
"We are delighted our members will be able to see a player of Cooper's calibre play out the remainder of his career at AAMI Park."
Cronk will again line-up in the number 7 jersey when Storm takes on the Rabbitohs at 7.30pm this Saturday night at AAMI Park.