SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 04: Cooper Cronk of the Roosters runs with the ball during the round four NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Brisbane Broncos at Sydney Cricket Ground on April 04, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Cooper Cronk claims he will make an announcement in the next few weeks on his NRL future.

The rugby league veteran will play his 356th NRL game this weekend against Canberra on Sunday afternoon.

In doing so, Cronk will surpass former Queensland State of Origin teammate Darren Lockyer in the all-time appearances count.

He will have the second highest amount of games played in NRL history, behind Cameron Smith.

The Roosters halfback said a decision was imminent.

"I’m pretty close,” Cronk told AAP.

“It’s just a matter of timing and a few other things to go through. I’m very comfortable with where it’s at.”

Cronk described a comparison with Lockyer as humbling, yet a little embarrassing.

“The thing that was most impressive about Darren Lockyer is he started at 18 years old, he finished at 34 and his career got to an elite level and it stayed there for 15 years,” Cronk said.

“To be able to do that was pretty impressive. I remember growing up as a kid watching guys like him play.

To have my name etched alongside him, it sits a little bit uncomfortably.”

Despite all of this, Cronk is thankful for the new role he was given in the Roosters setup, under coach Trent Robinson.

“I’m enjoying my role here. I’m a bit of a role player here with the talent we’ve got in the footy team,” he said.

“Trent didn’t get me here to score more tries. He got me here to play a particular role - my job is to create space, bring other guys in, fast track their development and I’m really enjoying that stuff.”

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7 COMMENTS

  1. One more season in 2020 please Cooper Cronk, All Rooster fans are blessed to have this legend at our Sydney club. Champion player with a brilliant footy brain.

    Then we can transfer his million onto Latrell Mitchell for the next ten years. Mitchell is the future of our club and being so young will eventually get to play 5/8 and Fullback as players retire before him. Matter of fact he could be the second fullback to captain a Sydney Roosters premiership winning team. 💪🐔👍

  2. Power brokers are going to double mitchell’s pay packet his dad and latrell’s family members are pushing latrell to go to souths.the whispers are not going away…

  3. Give latrell mitchell inglis’s same contract money and bingo then matty mitchell ex souths player/diehard fan will be a very happy dad when latrell dons the souths jumper.then give inglis a one on one coaching role to latrell mitchell glory glory..

  4. What ever happens Shadow, Latrell Mitchell has the chance while still contracted to the Roosters to win another two premierships with his magnificent skills the Roosters might/could/possibly win 3 in a row.

    If he leaves the Sydney Roosters then so be it, us fans will get over it eventually. Life goes on and players make mistakes sometimes when changing clubs over money. Arthur Beetson, Brian Fletcher, Shannon Hegarty, Peter Cusack, Craig Wing, Frank-Paul Nuuausala, Daniel Mortimer, Jason Cayless, Andrew Lomu, Chris Flannery, Luke Phillips, Bruce Pickett, Ian Mackay, Russell Fairfax, Greg Bandiera all won premierships at the Roosters in the modern era but left for other clubs never to play a grand final again during their career. While current players may find it difficult at the clubs they are with like Tiuvasa-Shrek, Matterson, Ferguson, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Mitchell Pearce, Sam Moa, Michael Jennings, Aidan Guerra to see grand final time again.

    Minichelio hit the nail on the head today when he said its not all about money. While one of the greatest football minds in dual premiership wining coach with two clubs and NSW most successful Origin Coach states that Latrel Mitchel should never leave the Roosters. Read the link below to get the story.💪🐔👍 I am concerned for your well being Shadow and if you need help Shadow don’t hesitate to call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

    https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/latrell-mitchell-will-resign-with-sydney-roosters-says-phil-goul/851edc9f-fbdc-45d7-b40b-3f4754e71f15

  5. Souths will be cashed up latrell’s whole family want him at souths especially his dad that played for souths.souths will double the rorters money isnt that just dandy glory glory…

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