Ori­gin will not sway Slater and Cronk

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

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.

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