NRL superstar Cooper Cronk’s future will be at the Sydney Roosters after the club confirmed his signing for the next two seasons.
Melbourne’s multiple premiership-winning half-back announced mid-season that he was leaving the Storm at the end of the 2017 to move to Sydney to be with his fiancée, Fox Sports presenter Tara Rushton.
Cronk’s deal with the Roosters deal is reported to be worth $1 million a season.
“It marks the start of a new chapter for me both professionally and personally and I look forward to joining my new teammates and coaches, and immersing myself in the club’s culture in lead-up to the 2018 season,” Cronk said in a Roosters statement.
The 33-year-old played 323 first-grade games for the Storm and is a two-time Dally M medallist.
Roosters chief executive Joe Kelly declared the club was delighted to sign someone of Cronk’s experience.
“Cooper has played the game at the highest level for a number of years and we are keenly aware of what he brings to the club,” Kelly said.
“Together with the established leaders within our squad, we see him as a wonderful addition to our roster.”
With Cronk signing on, the future of current Roosters’ number seven Mitchell Pearce remains up in the air.
The ABC understands the club wants to keep him.
Coach Trent Robinson is meeting with Pearce today off-site to convince him to stay at the Bondi-based club.
There has been speculation that a disgruntled Pearce may leave the club to sign with Manly, Cronulla or Newcastle.
He has still got two years left on his contract.