Cronk gets green light to avoid Origin whitewash
Queensland half-back Cooper Cronk believes he will be fit enough to face New South Wales in the final game of the 2014 State of Origin series on July 9.
The 30-year-old broke his arm 10 minutes into the first test and was missing for the second, in which the Blues sealed their first series win since 2005.
No-one expected the Melbourne Storm star to return in time for the third test, but Cronk is adamant he is fit and ready to help the Maroons avoid a series whitewash.
“I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t right to go,” he said.
“You speak to the specialists and have all the right people in place. I’ve got the green light.
“The resources that NRL clubs have these days, there’s a lot to call upon. Twice a day treatment, the surgeon was optimistic from the start. I’ve done the work. There’s a few more boxes to tick this week but unless there’s a major incident I’ll be playing.
“At some stage, I’m going to find it tough. It’s been five weeks. It comes down to what you’ve done off the field. I’m not here to pump up my own tyres but I know I’ve done the work, I work hard off the field. While it doesn’t guarantee success it gives you the opportunity to play well.
“I’ve jumped through the hoops Melbourne Storm needed me to. If Melbourne played this weekend I’d be up for selection.”