Cooper Cronk to play for Roosters next year


cronkCOOPER Cronk’s manager has confirmed his superstar client will play on next year — and is looking to sign a two-year deal with a Sydney club to take him through to the end of the 2019 season.

The news comes as no surprise at all after widespread reports Cronk has already agreed to a two-year deal with the Roosters.

Cronk shocked the NRL at the start of the season by announcing he would be leaving the Storm at the end of their 2017 campaign to return to Sydney to be closer to partner Tara Rushton.

Cronk has been heavily linked with the Roosters after South Sydney last week pulled out of the race.

“He is an exceptional player but we have never had any contact with either him or his management regarding coming to Souths,” Rabbitohs football operations boss Shane Richardson said.

“We are more than comfortable with the halves we have got and our salary cap is full.”

The Roosters have also privately told reporters they are confident of squeezing Cronk under their salary cap next season — without having to move on star halfback Mitchell Pearce.

Cronk’s manager, George Mimis said on Friday that Pearce will definitely be around again next year.

That development prompted a report that the Roosters will have to get rid of a player to satisfy the NRL’s salary cap auditors.