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Crocker to leave Storm for Hull

28/05/2008 08:16:29 PM Comments (0)

Melbourne Storm backrower Michael Crocker will join Hull next year after signing a three-year deal with the English Super League club.

The 27-year-old Queensland and Australian forward, a member of the Storm's 2007 premiership side, said Melbourne had boosted his career enormously, but the offer from Hull was impossible to refuse.

"My three years in Melbourne have been the best of my career and I couldn't have dreamed I would have achieved as much as I have since moving here," the former Sydney Roosters player said.

"I've won a premiership, regained my place in the Queensland and Kangaroo line-ups, and really enjoyed playing football again.

"I can't thank (coach Craig Bellamy) and the club enough for giving me the chance to play for the Storm and for that I will always be grateful.

"It's going to be sad to leave Melbourne, but I've always harboured ambitions to play in the English Super League and the offer from Hull was too good to pass up."

Crocker, who remarkably is yet to play in a losing side in 29 matches with the Storm, will play out this season with the club.

Storm chief executive Brian Waldron said while the club was disappointed to lose such an integral player, they understood the move could set him up financially and had agreed to release him from the final year of his contract.

"We'll always appreciate the hard work he has put in," Waldron said.

Bellamy said Crocker was the sort of player who raised the level of the players around him and had been vital to turning the club into a premiership side.

"He brought a certain hardness to the team when he joined the club from the Roosters in 2006, and that took us to the next level," Bellamy said

"While it may be quite freakish the record he has of never losing in a Storm jersey, it just goes to show the talent he has and the qualities he brings to our footy team.

"We'll be sad to see Michael leave the club, but it now gives an opportunity to one of the young backrowers we have here to stand up and make that spot their own in 2009."

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