'We are the champions!': Thousands of Roosters fans celebrate in Sydney

"We are the champions!" A Roosters fans belts out the Queen hit to celebrate the premiership win.ABC News: Nick Sas

Two songs blasted out around the Sydney Football Stadium forecourt on Monday morning.

One was expected.

"Here come the Roosters, the best we've ever seen," the club's theme song goes, as belted out by the thousands who turned up to celebrate the team's 2018 NRL premiership win.

"The red, white and bluesters, the eastern suburbs team."

The other song was a little more spontaneous.

"We are the champions. Weeeee are the champions!" sang one fan who drove his Tarago van to the front of the crowd, stood on the roof and belted out the Queen hit.

"No time for losers 'cause we are the champions … of the world."

It was a time for celebration.

And the red, white and bluesters — and their thousands of fans — did just that.

Photo Sydney Roosters captains Boyd Cordner and and Jake Friend walk in with the Provan-Summons Trophy.

Sydney Roosters captains Boyd Cordner and and Jake Friend walk in with the Provan-Summons Trophy.  ABC News: Nick Sas A special victory

Sunday night's NRL premiership victory was sweet for many reasons: the Roosters' total domination, beating the bookies' favourite and getting in the way of Melbourne full-back Billy Slater's fairytale finish.

But Roosters star Cooper Cronk playing with a fractured scapula was the big story out of the day.

And the 34-year-old wanted to thank the Roosters family for their support.

"It was a really big game," he said. "Everyone from top down sacrificed a lot for me to come here, and it was just my duty to go out and give my absolute best.

"The body's fine … so let's have a few more drinks and get this party started."

Though the boys looked a little bleary eyed after a night of celebrations — and were 40 minutes late — they managed to lift the energy in the forecourt when they came on stage with the trophy.

Photo Victor Radley holds the trophy high as the Roosters celebrate

Victor Radley holds the trophy high as the Roosters celebrateABC News: Nick Sas

Coach Trevor Robinson — one of the few on stage not wearing sunglasses — was in a reflective mood.

"I know you guys are coming out to thank us but we want to thank you [the fans]," he said.

"We're glad that you can walk into work tomorrow — and for the rest of the year — saying you're a fan of the 2018 premiership winners."

For some fans, work is on the Central Coast and they took a six-hour round trip — after going to the game on Sunday night — just to be there to see the Provan-Summons Trophy in the flesh on Monday morning.

Serena Reddy said she had been playing the Roosters' theme song on repeat since they beat arch-rivals South Sydney Rabbitohs last Saturday night to get into the final.

Photo Serena Reddy (L) and her family have been playing the Roosters' theme song all week.

Serena Reddy and familyABC News: Nick Sas

"And I'll keep playing it for the rest of the week," she said. "I'm so happy."

The Storm miss out

The mood was understandably sombre over in Homebush on Monday morning, with Melbourne Strom fans who had made the trip over telling the ABC they were shattered.

"Not a good performance," on fan said.

"Unfortunately our boys were not there on the day, but it's just one of those things — hopefully we'll be back next year."

The Storm team hopped on a bus at 9:00am and headed to the airport, with one piece of hand luggage left behind — a shiny trophy.

But Monday was all about the Roosters.

And just before leaving their fans to settle in for their first full day of being 2018 NRL premiers, the boys had a third song — nae, a chant — to sign off.

"R-R-O-O-S-T-E-R-S!"

Simple, but effective.

Photo Some younger Roosters fans show off their red, white and blue.

Younger Roosters fans celebratingABC News: Nick Sas

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