Cooper Cronk confirms he wants to play on in 2018

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    Cooper Cronk has confirmed to his agent George Mimis that he wants to continue his NRL career in the city of Sydney in 2018, and possibly even after that.

    The Daily Telegraph has reported Mimis as saying: “Cooper asked me to explore what opportunities are out there and he will play if the right option exists.”

    It is believed that the Sydney Roosters are Cronk’s most likely destination if he does finalise a deal to play on in 2018.

    Cronk announced several months ago that the 2017 season would be his last as a member of the Melbourne Storm, moving to Sydney to be close to fiancee Tara Rushton.

    It didn’t affect his form in the season however, and instead he played a key role as the Storm dominated the competition.

    His time at Melbourne ended in the best possible way, part of a side that comfortable defeat the North Queensland Cowboys in 2017 NRL Grand Final.

    Cronk had previously kept quiet about his plans to play or not play in 2018, but there has been rumour building that Sydney clubs, in particular the Roosters, are interested in his signature.

    Cronk said in the lead up to the 2017 NRL Grand Final that he oped to make a decision before the Rugby League World Cup, which begins next week.

    “I will be doing everything I can for this footy team to have a memorable 2017 and once it is done and dusted, I will be a bit emotional about it at all.

    “Hopefully between now and the World Cup there will be a decision made.

    “I haven’t had that light bulb moment. There’s been occasions walking through the hallways and the locker room thinking is this the last time I do it? But I have been cold hearted and non-emotional about it.

    “Whenever I do it, I slap myself over the back of the head and say, ‘what’s my job, what’s my role, how can I get better?’ No matter the result next week, I will fall in a heap, but my focus is how can I improve each of my teammates and myself.”

    Josh Elliott
    Josh Elliott

    Josh Elliott may be The Roar's Weekend Editor, but at heart he's just a rusted-on North Melbourne tragic with a penchant for pun headlines - and also abnormal alliteration, assuredly; assuming achievability. He once finished third in a hot chilli pie eating contest. You can follow him on Twitter @JoshElliott_29 and listen to him on The Roar's AFL Podcast.

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    • Roar Guru

      October 20th 2017 @ 2:38pm
      Mr X said | October 20th 2017 @ 2:38pm | ! Report

      I am genuinely shocked. He might still retire but I thought he wouldn’t even consider playing on. Guess he must love the game that much to not be a one-man player.

      • October 20th 2017 @ 4:28pm
        Peter Phelps said | October 20th 2017 @ 4:28pm | ! Report

        I think that is the problem. I don’t think that he ever wanted to play against Melbourne or for any other club than Melbourne but if he doesn’t sign on somewhere then Origin and Internationals don’t happen either. The thought of giving those up as well is probably way too big an ask.

        • October 21st 2017 @ 6:41am
          Mushi said | October 21st 2017 @ 6:41am | ! Report

          Also you’re a long time retired.

          If playing football still is something he wants then he should go for it

    • October 20th 2017 @ 2:42pm
      KingCowboy said | October 20th 2017 @ 2:42pm | ! Report

      Cooper is a true great. I don’t think anyone has the right to say what he should or shouldn’t do. He would be a great pick up for the Knights!

      • October 20th 2017 @ 3:22pm
        ruben said | October 20th 2017 @ 3:22pm | ! Report

        No we don’t want Cronk

    • October 20th 2017 @ 2:45pm
      Mike Dugg said | October 20th 2017 @ 2:45pm | ! Report

      Join Jarryd Hayne’s lawn bowls primadonna league on the Gold Coast

    • October 20th 2017 @ 2:53pm
      Worlds Biggest said | October 20th 2017 @ 2:53pm | ! Report

      Wow I thought he would finish up after the World Cup. Who has any money in there cap apart from the Roosters ?

      • Roar Guru

        October 20th 2017 @ 3:20pm
        Riley Pettigrew said | October 20th 2017 @ 3:20pm | ! Report

        Knights? Yes it’s a long distance between Newcastle and Sydney but I’m sure he could make it work. Panthers are another possibility should they be able to offload Matt Moylan. I believe Souths and Cronulla still have a little bit of wiggle room left in the cap as well.

        • October 20th 2017 @ 4:30pm
          Peter Phelps said | October 20th 2017 @ 4:30pm | ! Report

          Panthers would be a nice fit. I like that idea.

        • Roar Rookie

          October 20th 2017 @ 4:55pm
          William Dalton Davis said | October 20th 2017 @ 4:55pm | ! Report

          Only problem with offloading Moylan is that they need to find someone willing to take him while clearing cap space. Sharks were the only club ready to ship off a player in Maloney to get Moylan but would’ve needed Penrith to pay the difference in their contracts. This move from Cronk is going to throw the entire Sydney club cap situation into overdrive imo.

    • October 20th 2017 @ 3:07pm
      Jimmmy said | October 20th 2017 @ 3:07pm | ! Report

      Very good decision Cooper. He is still at the top of his game. I am not a Roosters hater, but gee I hope he goes somewhere that really needs his guidance. Would love to see the Tigers get him but I don’t think they have the ‘ smarts’ to land someone like him. Great news for the Maroons too.

      • October 20th 2017 @ 3:40pm
        KingCowboy said | October 20th 2017 @ 3:40pm | ! Report

        I think old Maximus might have a quiet word with him and he could end up at Souths!

    • October 20th 2017 @ 3:18pm
      rakshop said | October 20th 2017 @ 3:18pm | ! Report

      The team that desperately needs him is Penrith. Move Cleary over to 6 which gives him more time and space to work with allowing him more opportunities to take the line on, Cooper at 7 running the 5th play options. It will also solve their ‘Moylan’ dilemma by drawing a line in the sand.

      • October 20th 2017 @ 3:35pm
        jamesb said | October 20th 2017 @ 3:35pm | ! Report

        I agree. I wish Cronk went to Penrith to mentor young Cleary. Instead, he will most likely go to the Roosters and “mentor” Pearce.

        • Roar Rookie

          October 23rd 2017 @ 8:57am
          3_Hats SSTID 2014 said | October 23rd 2017 @ 8:57am | ! Report

          Why the hell do people think that Pearce needs mentoring?

          He is a veteran, not some 10 game Rookie.

          For Farks sake!

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