Origin will not sway Slater and Cronk
ONE way or another, next week’s State of Origin series decider will mark the end of an era for Queensland.
Maroons veterans Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater say the result won’t influence them when they weigh up their futures this year.
Veteran five-eighth Johnathan Thurston will receive a pre-match tribute at Origin III after his stellar 37-game Queensland campaign was cut short by a season-ending shoulder injury in game two.
He still kicked the match winning sideline conversion to seal the Maroons’ 18-16 Origin II victory.
Halfback Cronk, 33, is yet to decide his future after announcing he will leave NRL club Melbourne at year’s end and move to Sydney to be with his fiancee.
“No matter the result on Wednesday night it won’t have a bearing on my decision,” Cronk, the veteran of 21 Origins, said. “I actually don’t know. Slater, 34, has recaptured career-best form after returning from two shoulder reconstructions that left his career in limbo for two years.
“The (game 3) result won’t be factor. “I don’t know if I am playing next year,” he said.