Cooper Cronk, Melbourne Storm halfback and guy who’s name sounds like it belongs to an East Coast hypeman, last night took out the Dally M Award for the NRL‘s Player of the Year.
The countdown was the closest in recent years, with Cronk finishing with 28 points for the season, two ahead of North Queensland’s Johnathan Thurston, Manly’s Daly Cherry-Evans and Cronulla’s Todd Carney.
Cronk was handed the award by Russell Crowe, who, as owner of the South Sydney Rabbitohs, was probably reluctant to hand over the medal to a Melbourne player. In his acceptance speech, Cronk praised the Dally M Medal’s namesake, saying: “It’s very hard to put into words, I am humbled to be associated with someone of Dally Messenger’s character… He is a pioneer of the game and we wouldn’t be here without him.”
Via The Daily Telegraph. Lead Image by Mark Metcalfe for Getty Sport