Cooper Cronk joined an elite group of players to reach 200 wins in the NRL.

Melbourne Storm 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.

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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 Cameron Smith (333 games) when he becomes just the 25th player to reach the milestone.

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)

AppPlayerClub/sYears
355Darren LockyerBrisbane1995-2011
350Terry LambWests, Canterbury1980-1996
349Steve MenziesManly, Northern Eagles1993-2008
347Corey ParkerBrisbane2001-2016
336Brad FittlerPenrith, Sydney Roosters1989-2004
333Cameron SmithMelbourne2002-2016
332Cliff LyonsNorths, Manly1985-1999
330Nathan HindmarshParramatta1998-2012
328Andrew EttingshausenCronulla1983-2000
325Geoff GerardParramatta, Manly, Penrith1974-1989
318Jason CrokerCanberra1991-2006
317Hazem El MasriBulldogs1996-2009
315Paul LangmackCanterbury, Wests, Easts1983-1999
315Luke PriddisCanberra, Brisbane, Penrith, St George Ill1997-2010
313Steve PriceBulldogs, Warriors1994-2009
313Brent KiteSt George Illawarra, Manly, Penrith2002-2015
312Ruben WikiCanberra, Warriors1993-2008
309Petero CivonicevaBrisbane, Penrith1998-2012
307Brett KimmorleyN’castle, Hunter, Melb, N Eag, Cron, C’bury1995-2010
303Anthony WatmoughNorthern Eagles, Manly, Parramatta2002-2015
302Anthony MinichielloSydney Roosters2000-2014
301Luke RicketsonSydney Roosters1991-2005
300Scott PrinceNth Qld, Brisb, Wests Tigers, Gold Coast1998-2013
300John MorrisN’castle, P’matta, Wests Tigers, Cronulla2001-2014

*Stats courtesy of David Middleton, League Information Services