Melbourne Storm and Queensland Maroons halfback Cooper Cronk will become just the 11th player to play 300 NRL matches for a single club in a momentous preliminary final on Saturday night against Canberra Raiders at AAMI Park.

On top of that milestone, for the first time in history, two members of the 300-club will take the field in the same team.
 
Cronk will be joined by his Queensland skipper Cameron Smith (333 games) when he becomes just the 25th player to reach the milestone.

Press play to see Captain Cam go one-on-one with Cooper in the video above

Cronk will be presented with the match ball from his 300th game following the match against the Raiders, officially anointing him part of the 300 Club.
 
“This will truly be a special night for Melbourne,” NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said.
 
“They will be achieving something never done before – two 300-game players playing alongside each other. And for that to happen in the Club’s most important game of the season adds even more weight to it.
 
“Cooper has also achieved this feat while entrenching himself in both Queensland and Australian squads over many years. He has been a remarkable player and deserves his place in this exclusive Club.
 
“Importantly, he has also made an enormous contribution to the game off the field. He is a player who cares as much about his reputation as he does his form on the field and his image reflects that.
 
“On behalf of all Rugby League fans I would like to congratulate him on this achievement, and also the Club for this remarkable first.” 
 
THE 300 CLUB (24 players)
 
App    Player                        Club/s                                                     Years
 
355     Darren Lockyer          Brisbane                                                 1995-2011
350     Terry Lamb                  Wests, Canterbury                                       1980-1996
349     Steve Menzies              Manly, Northern Eagles                                 1993-2008
347     Corey Parker             Brisbane                                                   2001-2016
336     Brad Fittler                  Penrith, Sydney Roosters                                1989-2004
333     Cameron Smith        Melbourne                                                  2002-2016
332     Cliff Lyons                  Norths, Manly                                                1985-1999
330     Nathan Hindmarsh       Parramatta                                                     1998-2012
328     Andrew Ettingshausen  Cronulla                                                        1983-2000
325     Geoff Gerard                Parramatta, Manly, Penrith                             1974-1989
318     Jason Croker                Canberra                                                     1991-2006
317     Hazem El Masri            Bulldogs                                                      1996-2009
315     Paul Langmack             Canterbury, Wests, Easts                                1983-1999
315     Luke Priddis                  Canberra, Brisbane, Penrith, St George Ill         1997-2010
313     Steve Price                    Bulldogs, Warriors                                1994-2009
313     Brent Kite                      St George Illawarra, Manly, Penrith                 2002-2015
312     Ruben Wiki                    Canberra, Warriors                                      1993-2008
309     Petero Civoniceva      Brisbane, Penrith                                      1998-2012
307     Brett Kimmorley            N’castle, Hunter, Melb, N Eag, Cron, C’bury       1995-2010
303     Anthony Watmough       Northern Eagles, Manly, Parramatta                 2002-2015
302     Anthony Minichiello       Sydney Roosters                                           2000-2014
301     Luke Ricketson             Sydney Roosters                                           1991-2005
300     Scott Prince              Nth Qld, Brisb, Wests Tigers, Gold Coast     1998-2013
300     John Morris                  N’castle, P’matta, Wests Tigers, Cronulla            2001-2014
 
*Stats courtesy of David Middleton, League Information Services

Video courtesy www.melbournestorm.com.au