Six-times GF winner Cronk says perspective is vital for Eels

Grand closing king Cooper Cronk feels Parramatta’s 2023 NRL marketing campaign may go one among two methods after the Eels’ crushing loss to Penrith in final 12 months’s title decider.

The 28-12 defeat, through which they trailed 28-0 till bagging two late comfort tries, will both make or break the Eels.

Cronk, who received a modern-day greatest six grand finals from 9 appearances in season-ending showpieces with Melbourne and the Sydney Roosters, says bouncing again from dropping a premiership decider is all about perspective and staying tight as a enjoying group.   

“The factor about dropping a grand closing is, it is advisable to have an actual selfless strategy the next 12 months,” the retired halfback mentioned at Fox Sports activities’ season launch in Sydney.

“It’s fairly simple to begin pointing the finger and saying ‘this was the rationale why you probably did this and you probably did that’.

“So groups that bounce again from dropping a grand closing have to be extra galvanised than ever earlier than.”

Cronk speaks from expertise and with authority.

Nobody since Ron Coote within the Nineteen Sixties and ’70s has received six grand finals.

And every time he featured in grand closing defeats, all with Melbourne in 2006, 2008 and 2016, Cronk helped the Storm to victory within the large dance the next 12 months.

The Storm have additionally by no means lacked motivation or starvation beneath grasp mentor Craig Bellamy.

Cronk says it’s exhausting to foretell how Brad Arthur’s Eels will again up from final 12 months’s grand closing heartbreak however is aware of a harmonious dressing room is vital.  

“Groups that lose and type of then don’t get wherever close to it (the next season) are likely to separate,” he mentioned. 

“So it’s nothing to do with bodily efficiency or abilities. It’s nothing of their sport they in all probability want to vary.

“They have to be galvanised, they should bond properly. They should preserve clearly the areas they did properly final 12 months however go to a different stage with that and productiveness.”

Parramatta back-rower Shaun Lane says the Eels haven’t been scarred from the 2022 GF loss and is optimistic about closing the hole on the benchmark Panthers.  

“That efficiency from Penrith, I don’t suppose anybody’s beating them that night time,” Lane instructed AAP.

“Contemplating how they began the sport first half, it was nearly flawless from them. Fairly scientific.

“That’s what they do they usually’re famend for doing: performing near their greatest each sport.

“So, yeah, I suppose if they arrive out and carry out like that, it’s going to be very troublesome.

“However they’re not going to have the ability to do that each time and that’s what’s good for us and the remainder of the competitors attempting to catch up.”   

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