Cooper Cronk's classy act amid Cameron Smith 'feud'

Cooper Cronk reminded us of his class during his retirement press conference and seemingly put to bed any feud between him and Cameron Smith.

The Roosters halfback said his career was “one hell of a ride” and thanked the NRL community during the announcement he would retire from league at the end of the 2019 season.

But it was his special mention of three people from his former team the Melbourne Storm - Craig Bellamy, Billy Slater and Cameron Smith - which showed the legendary halfback’s true class.

In a moment of true class he paid tribute to Smith and Slater claiming he received passed from one future immortal and passed it to another.

Cooper Cronk celebrating with former teammate Cameron Smith. (Getty Images)

“Billy and Cameron. I don’t think thanks cuts it to be honest, those two guys will go down in history. That probably makes me the best third wheel ever seen,” he said.

“My job was pretty easy. A future Immortal would pass the ball to me and I’d pass it on to another future Immortal.

“I’ll be forever grateful of those two guys.”

He also labelled his former coach Craig Bellamy “the most influential person on my footy career”.

The 35-year-old is in the second and final year of his contract with the Roosters and will draw the curtain on his 16-year career.

Cronk will be remembered as one of the game’s champion halfbacks after a career including 22 State of Origin appearances for Queensland and 38 Tests for Australia.

with AAP