Melbourne Storm and Sydney Roosters NRL legend Cooper Cronk is Queensland Rugby League’s new independent director

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Four-time premiership-winning halfback Cooper Cronk has been named an independent director of the Queensland Rugby League board.

Cronk steps into the role in place of Ben Ikin, who left upon being appointed the Broncos’ head of football last month.

As part of the role, Cronk will consult with the board’s eight other members to oversee the management of rugby league across all levels in the state of Queensland.

In a statement released on Saturday evening, Cronk said he was looking forward to working with QRL.

“It is with much honour and delight that I have been offered this role on the Queensland Rugby League Board,” the former Queensland Origin star said.

“I am fortunate to have had a deep and rich history with all things rugby league in Queensland, and coupled with my broader commercial interests, I look forward to contributing to the future of the QRL.”

QRL chairman Bruce Hatcher added: “Cooper comes highly recommended by all levels of the game and people who have been associated with him.

“Our principal activity is rugby league football, and what we seek on our board is relevant knowledge that can assist the performance of the board and its duties to run community and sub-elite rugby league in Queensland.

“Cooper is an individual who has come right through community rugby league to the highest levels of the game, and is in a position to offer a unique set of skills and knowledge, which is invaluable to the QRL.

“Through his knowledge of both pathways and performance, he has the background to help Queensland maintain its strong track record at the highest levels of the game.”

Outside of his new role on the QRL board, Cronk will continue to appear on Fox League as a commentator and analyst. He has also worked in mentoring roles at the Roosters, Storm and the AFL’s Greater Western Sydney Giants since retiring from professional rugby league.

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