Crocker, 25, has been a key member of the Roosters team in recent years, playing 86 games and competing in the past three Grand Finals, including the 2002 Premiership. He is a player of the highest calibre having represented Australia, travelled with the Kangaroos in 2003 and represented Queensland on five occasions during the 2003 and 2004 State-Of-Origin Series�.
His uncompromising nature and aggressive play has been an inspiration to his current team mates and will be a welcome addition to a talented Melbourne Storm squad. He has created a reputation throughout the NRL as one of the toughest competitors around, something the Storm has been searching for to add to their ranks.
�Michael will provide the missing link to our team in terms of his toughness and his experience at the highest level,� said Melbourne Storm manager of football operations Peter O�Sullivan.
�He�s played in three grand finals and has plenty of representative experience which will help take our team to the next level.
�He is a great personality for the club, he loves Melbourne and he can�t wait to get here to be with his family and forge a career with the Melbourne Storm.�
Crocker is excited about the opportunity of playing with good friends and people he has a high regard for.
�Considering all of the options, I thought the best future for me was at the Storm,� said Crocker.
�I�m really excited about joining a list that includes players such as Origin stars Billy Slater and Matt King, and my good friend Cam Smith. I can�t wait to join the boys for what should be a pretty successful period in the club�s history.
�I�m also a big admirer of (coach) Craig Bellamy. He�s done some great things with the club and I�m looking forward to joining up with him.�
Not only is Crocker an admirer of Bellamy, the coaching staff are also fans of the hard-hitting back-rower.
�It�s great news for us to have someone with Michael�s toughness joining us for the next four years,� said coach Craig Bellamy.
�For us to be able to attract an international player of Crocker�s calibre goes to show what a great club we have here and the confidence he has in our future success.�
Part of the appeal for Crocker joining the Storm was his family connections in the city. Both of his parents live in Melbourne, as well as his sister and nephew.
�A key attraction for me was obviously the chance to join my family in such a great city. My family keep telling me how much they enjoy living here and from my experiences in Melbourne, I�ve had a great time as well,� said Crocker.
Although Crocker had friendship, admiration and family as his main reasons for signing with the Storm, his manager Jim Banaghan was also thinking of his future.
�I thought the opportunity for Michael to take up a four year deal with a top eight team was too good to knock back,� said Banaghan.
�In the current climate, a club needs good coaching staff, a good back room staff and stable ownership, an environment the Storm can definitely provide.�