Hey Cooper, this Roosters fan has some advice: Stay retired!

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    As the rugby league rumour mill continues to churn out throughout the off season, fans and experts are still waiting on Cooper Cronk’s decision regarding what he will do with his future.

    Will he have a fairytale retirement with a premiership and World Cup glory? Or will he have a LeBron James ‘decision’ announcement and take his talents to a Sydney club?

    For the past week, Cronk has been said to be heading to the Tigers, Bulldogs and even the Sydney Roosters.

    Wests Tigers’ massive recruitment drive and Josh Reynolds’ huge salary seem to take them out of the race, while newly appointed Canterbuy-Bansktown coach Dean Pay recently said he was “not really” interested in Cronk – a big decision from an untested first-grade coach!

    That leaves the Sydney Roosters as the most financially stable and promising club to lure Cronk away for his final years, given reports the Tricolours have nearly $800,000 left in the salary cap.

    However, as an avid and devoted Roosters supporter, I say, “Cooper, don’t come.”

    Cronk is one of the best halves of the modern era and deserves to be regarded as one of the greats of the game. But I don’t think Trent Robinson needs him.

    Some will say the Roosters failed to put in an 80-minute performance this year, and Cronk’s professionalism and experience will help that, but is it really worth paying someone the better part of $1 million for one year?

    Luke Keary was one of the buys of last season, having statistically his best year yet. He scored the most tries in a season so far in his career, with eight, and led the competition for line break assists (31) and line breaks as a half (15), while coming second for try assists (24).

    The gap left by James Maloney at the end of 2015 was filled just fine by Keary, and his combination with Mitchell Pearce will only get better over time.

    But that is what they need. Time.

    The addition of the RLPA’s Player of the Year, James Tedesco, will only strengthen the team’s attack and all-round game, and should almost catapult them into premiership favouritism for 2018.

    The signing of Cooper Cronk would be tremendous for any club, on and off the field, with his professionalism, skill and competitiveness second to none.

    But the Roosters don’t need him.

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    • October 11th 2017 @ 6:40am
      Oto shark said | October 11th 2017 @ 6:40am | ! Report

      Agree, instead of having Cronk for just a year or two Max, roosters are better of having Keary and Pearce create a combination together, they did good together this year and could be better for it next year , and the next.. If they have Cronk they’ll have to start again after he’s gone. Pearce may not have had a good origin ,but he’s really good at NRL level. Also not sure how Cronk will go outside the Melbourne system ,buy we know Keary and Pearce are getting better together.

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      October 11th 2017 @ 7:19am
      Dutski said | October 11th 2017 @ 7:19am | ! Report

      Alright, going to play devils advocate here. Look at Pearce’s size. He’s big enough to play as an old school ball playing lock. Imagine him in the 13, Cronk in 7, Keary at 6 and Teddy at 1. Yes, Cooper is only there for 1 or 2 years, but in that time he also mentors the youngster in the Toyota cup or whatever it’s called with a view to them taking over. I’d happily pay for that if I was the club. In one move you have grabbed a world class half, freed up Pearce to just play what’s in front of him, let loose Keary’s running game and prepared the next generation. Bring it on.

      • October 11th 2017 @ 8:12am
        frnq said | October 11th 2017 @ 8:12am | ! Report

        CC hasn’t said anything about playing on or joining you clowns.

      • October 11th 2017 @ 8:49am
        Oingo Boingo said | October 11th 2017 @ 8:49am | ! Report

        You’d take him on in a heartbeat , “if” he was available.
        Pearce is a good NRL standard halfback, but has proven time n time again that he lacks creativity and game management skills when blow torch is applied.
        Cronk for two years , could see the Roosters win another title , and that my friends is what it’s all about.
        And he gets to live at Bondi , it’s a win win .

        • October 11th 2017 @ 3:55pm
          Paul said | October 11th 2017 @ 3:55pm | ! Report

          hit the nail on the head, Oingo.

        • October 11th 2017 @ 11:04pm
          Bonza said | October 11th 2017 @ 11:04pm | ! Report

          Living in Bondi? That would be a win/lose.

      • October 11th 2017 @ 6:55pm
        Tony said | October 11th 2017 @ 6:55pm | ! Report

        I think that the days when a biggish half could switch to that ball playing lock role (Des Hasler style) you talk about have long gone.

        Basically a lock these days is a 3rd prop – a “middle” player if you will. If you’re looking to switch Pearce maybe hooker would be the right place (Toovey, Hunt), but there’s not the gap there in the current squad.

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          October 12th 2017 @ 12:02pm
          The Barry said | October 12th 2017 @ 12:02pm | ! Report

          Agreed Tony.

          I think you could potentially play him off the bench in that role but it would take an exceptionally brave coach to start with two legitimate middle third players.

          The Roosters have Liu – who was really good this year and SST – who had an injury interrupted 2017 to start in the 13.

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      October 11th 2017 @ 9:04am
      Will Sinclair said | October 11th 2017 @ 9:04am | ! Report

      So Wests Tigers won’t have salary cap room for Cronk (because of Josh Reynolds!), but the Roosters have plenty of money left in the cap to spend…

      And I woke up this morning in a solid gold house next to my wife Mila Kunis before driving my new Ferrari to my job as a beer taster!


      • October 11th 2017 @ 9:44am
        Oingo Boingo said | October 11th 2017 @ 9:44am | ! Report

        You guys are still paying for Keith Barnes , Gary Jack and Robbie ” Anthrax” Farah.

      • October 11th 2017 @ 10:50pm
        Kelvin Johnson said | October 11th 2017 @ 10:50pm | ! Report

        Pascoe decided to pay Reynolds more money than what Moses was offered. Reynolds never wanted to leave Canterbury but when you get offered twice what you are worth what can you do.
        Just like Anasta when he came over from Roosters and found out what an incompetent and badly run club Wests Tigers is, Reynolds will be in the same boat, I guarantee he wont see out his 4 years.

    • October 11th 2017 @ 9:27am
      Peter Phelps said | October 11th 2017 @ 9:27am | ! Report

      For Cooper’s sake, I hope he retires.

      He has finished at the top of his game. A Premiership ring with the club he has played for all his life. He would finish with an Origin series win and he gets one more round in a World Cup with a very good chance of being a winner there too. What a finish to a great career – a legend.

      If he joins the Roosters, he will probably go out a loser (sorry Roosters fans, its just statistics). There is probably a 20% chance of another Premiership ring but more likely not. He is very unlikely to gain a dallym. He is likely to get another Origin Series Win but maybe only 60:40 there then that would be it.

      My point is that if he plays on (anywhere) he is likely to finish off being less than where he is now. That matters to a bloke like Cronk.

      • October 12th 2017 @ 12:04pm
        Albo said | October 12th 2017 @ 12:04pm | ! Report

        But he would probably have an extra $1m in the bank that he doesn’t have today ! And they say he likes a quid ?
        But I suspect he has already retired from the NRL but just won’t announce it till after the World Cup. After all, this ongoing speculation and media attention can’t hurt his next career ventures as planned or yet to be finalised, whether at Foxtel or via other media contracts ? Trolling at its best !

    • October 11th 2017 @ 9:52am
      Fox Lvy said | October 11th 2017 @ 9:52am | ! Report

      someone put his long nose in Cooper’s businesses!

    • Roar Guru

      October 11th 2017 @ 9:59am
      Nat said | October 11th 2017 @ 9:59am | ! Report

      I hear your plea Thomas but footy is a business based on success. If he is available you take him in a heart-beat. You ask for time and in a single year he could improve Keary and Pierce to the next level, just look at what a quick conversation with Morgan achieved. It will be interesting to see how a team as dominant as Melbourne do next year without him so consider what the 2nd best team could do with him.

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