The lack of playmakers available on the 2019 market outside of Mitch Moses and Te Maire Martin could prompt the Rooster to wait a season for an bevy of playmakers off-contract in 2020.
Cronk has already indicated to the club that he could extend his stellar career at least a season, which would give the Roosters time to land a suitable replacement.
No matter what happens, Cronk is expected to play an active role in helping the Roosters find his halves successor.
Roosters coach Trent Robinson confirmed Cronk will play in the World Club Challenge against Wigan on February 18.
There were doubts the No. 7 would line-up in the WCC after he underwent off-season shoulder surgery.
Cronk had metal plates inserted into his shoulder after breaking his scapula in last year’s preliminary final against South Sydney. He joined the Tricolours’ pre-season training on Tuesday.
Robinson revealed Cronk was on track to play against Wigan at the DW Stadium next month in a major boost for the club.