SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 21: Cooper Cronk of the Maroons passes the ball during game two of the State Of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium on June 21, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Cooper Cronk has been appointed as an independent director, appointed by Queensland Rugby League.

The move comes as Queensland look to recover from a brutal 2-1 series loss where they were embarrassed by New South Wales in Games 1 and 2.

Cronk's new role was previously occupied by Ben Iken who has since departed for a new role at the Brisbane Broncos.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 01: Cooper Cronk of the Maroons celebrates victory after game one of the State Of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium on June 1, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Cronk said that he was privileged to be given this new opportunity and was excited to start.

“It is with much honour and delight that I have been offered this role on the Queensland Rugby League Board,” Cronk 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 said the appointment of the legendary halfback was a step in the right direction for the Queenslanders.

“Cooper comes highly recommended by all levels of the game and people who have been associated with him,” Hatcher said.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 07: Cooper Cronk passes the ball during the Queensland Maroons State of Origin captain's run at Suncorp Stadium on July 7, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

“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."

Hatcher went on to say that Cronk has seen it all during his time in the game and will be able to provide terrific insight and knowledge.

“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," said Hatcher.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 12: (L-R) Cooper Cronk, Johnathan Thurston and Cameron Smith of the Maroons pose with the State of Origin Trophy and celebrate winning the series game three of the State Of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Suncorp Stadium on July 12, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

“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.”


  1. Queensland making big moves, Cronk on the board, Smith and Slater to be assistants alongside JT in 2022, not a QLD supporter but I hope they so turn it around and make a more competitive unit

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