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Cooper Cronk given Roosters life membership, set to go into coaching role

Sporting News logo Sporting News 9/10/2019
Cooper Cronk jumping into the air to catch a ball © Getty Images

Cooper Cronk has been awarded a Roosters life membership and there are plans to keep the champion halfback at Moore Park in a coaching role as Trent Robinson's back-to-back premiership winning side prepares for life without him.

Cronk was instrumental in guiding the Chooks to two titles in his only two seasons at the club, including last weekend's 14-8 nail-biter over the Raiders.

Although Cronk's playing days are now behind him, Roosters decision makers don't want him to be completely lost to the club.

The 35-year-old no doubt has a lucrative media career ahead of him, but Roosters boss Nick Politis has other plans.

“I spoke to your manager a couple of days ago and I told him (...) I was going to sit down and come to some arrangement for you to stay on and become part of our coaching staff next year,” Politis told Cronk at the club's end of season awards this week.

“Hopefully you can develop another Cooper Cronk for us.”

If he agrees to it, Cronk will help develop in-coming halfback Kyle Flanagan, who will join the Tricolours after leaving the Sharks this year.

Politis also confirmed that Cronk will join the likes of Arthur Beetson, Luke Ricketson, Brad Fittler, Anthony Minichiello, Russell Fairfax and Jack Gibson in being given lifetime membership to the club.

"Cooper you make me so proud to be part of the club and be here for the two years you were here with us and achieve what we did. We created history,” Politis said.

“You’ve been given a lot of honour and presentation and gifts. In our club what we do for special people is award them a life membership."

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