SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 13: Damien Cook of the Rabbitohs leaves the field during the NRL Charity Shield match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium on February 13, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

The Newcastle Knights have denied speculation about the club being linked to South Sydney’s hooker Damien Cook for 2020.

Reports told that the Knights recruitment drive could also see them try to sign the Origin player, as his current deal ending at the end of next season.

Troy Pezet, Knights list manager, has come out and declined the reports and said that they will not be making a play for him.

“I can categorically say there is absolutely no truth to the reports linking us to Damien Cook,” Pezet told The Newcastle Herald. 

“Where they have come from I’m not too sure but they are not right.”

With Danny Levi, Slade Griffin, Zac Woolford, Jamie Buhrer and youngster Luke Huth, as well as the reports of signing Dragons Utility Kurt Mann and try to turn him into a hooker, the Knights don’t really need Cook.


      • Bennett said he was doing the coach swap immediately but just backflipped- maybe because he heard Cook was following Sebolm.

        • No mate, Papa Smurf ALWAYS plays his cards close to his chest and leaves the media play guessing games until a deal has already been done. Bennett said all along he was coaching Souths in 2020 and the Broncos in 2019. He did not want to miss out on his big payday from the Broncos for his final year and left the door open for them to terminate his contract and pay him out which they chose not to do.

          I am quick to blame Papa Smurf for anything and everything I can (even the fact that QLD don’t have daylight savings) but in this case it is first the Broncos and then Souths who have shot themselves in the foot (and continue to do so) and Seibold has not shown Souths any gratitude or respect for the immense opportunity they have given him in quitting after his first year as head coach irrespective of when his contract was due to expire or when he was intending to take up his new position. He had the opportunity to see the events unfold first between the Tigers and the Panthers and then at Manly so he would have KNOWN there was every chance of getting an early release and a one-way ticket return trip to QLD,

        • “I am quick to blame Papa Smurf… take up his new position.”

          WINNER of “The World’s Longest Sentence!” 🏆 🥂🍾

        • Reg you think your good with your extremely long sentence, and I hate to burst the red and green bubble you have created, but I can exclusively state that I can create a longer sentence than you, and proof is this comment right here, also Damo Cook will be coming to the Broncos in 2020 with McCullough going to the Gold Coast and Peats going back to Parra, your too concerned with watching Bennet poach Broncos youngsters that you don’t realise Siebold is doing the same at Souths, Broncos premiers 2020, Souths gonna see Bennet die on the post before he completes his contract. Hopefully, that was enough to top your sentence.

        • Challenge pending…

          Reg Reagan:
          Words: 93
          Characters (no spaces): 402
          Characters (with spaces): 494
          Lines (in MS Word): 6

          “Slammin Sam”:
          Words: 112
          Characters (no spaces): 517
          Characters (with spaces): 628
          Lines (in MS Word): 8

          Judges decision:

          “Slammin Sam” is the NEW WINNER of “The World’s Longest Sentence!” 🏆 🥂🍾

          Reg: B@stard!!!! You couldn’t even give me THAT could you? 😂😂😂😂😂

          And before anyone thinks I am THAT much of a gee-up to count this all manually, let me introduce you to “cut & paste” and the “Word Count” option in MS Word!

          Congrats “Slammin Sam”. Now you have something to distract your attention from Papa Smurf dismantling the Broncos in 2019 and working on bringing the Broncos best young talent to the Rabbitohs in 2020.

      • Bennett just announched he is staying with Bronco’s unless they sack him , Souths said they would pay Bennetts wage this year if Bronco’s pay Seibold.

        If it doesn’t happen Souths need to get rid of Seibold straight away cause he looks as though he has talked Cook into going to the Bronco’s , that’s a weak act, what a mongrel weak as p!ss he is , but if Cook doesn’t want to sign now then f him off as well, thanks Bronco’s you low bast@rds, Souths were going along nicely until you decided to just take want you want and screw everyone else, same has Penrith.

        • Emotionally I agree with your sentiments penso and I feel that Souths are the club that will suffer most because of this. However, it is the same thing as Bennett bringing TPJ, Oates and other Broncos to Souths. It is the same thing that Papa Smurf is famous for as he has a LONG history of leeching talent from the clubs he has coached who then misteriously end up at his next club. For example, the Broncos with Boyd, Stagg and others following him out of Red Hill to the Dragons and the Dogs. Then he repeated this by taking Boyd, Scott, Cuthbertson and McKinnon to the Knights and then completed the circle by bringing Boyd with him back to the Broncos from the Knights. Even though Bennett claims not to have a hand in this and that “these players are grown men and can make their own decisions” I believe he knows the influence he has over them and uses this as he chooses. I feel deep down though that either his influence is at it’s end or that he won’t be doing Souths any favours so either way Souths get screwed!

          I would rather see all player for each club stay where they are and where they have been developed rather than having a game of “musical chairs” en masse.

        • AHAHAHAHAHAHA🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣😂😂😂😂😂😂. HOW FUNNY IS THIS❕❗❕❗❕❗❕❗❕❗ Rabbit fans turning on their players just because he has not signed anything. Soufths are self destructing and you do no why fellow’s❓❓❓❓❓❓ Bennett😂🤣😂🤣😂😁😂🤣😂😀😆😆😆😀😁😂😂🤣🤣🤣. Just wait till he finally arrives you blokes haven’t seen any thing yet🤣🤣😂😂😁🤣🤣😂😂😁😀😆

        • Penso , Here are a few others that have not sign yet either😆😆😀😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣😂😂😁🤣😀🤣🤣😆😀😆😆😆😆😂🤣❗❗❗❗Dean Britt, George Burgess, Thomas Burgess, Braidon Burns, Damien Cook, Jacob Gagan, Mawene Hiroti, Matt McIlwrick, Mark Nicholls, Bayley Sironen, John Sutton, Tevita Tatola, Connor Tracey, Kyle Turner

          Those Burgess twins are having a yarn with Napa’s new team😀😀😆😂😂🤣🤣🤣😂😂😆😀😁💪👴👎

        • Reg Reagan, I think your best bet for next season is get a season pass at the SCG, in the CHOOKPEN🐔🐓🐔🐓🐔🐓🐔🐓😁😀😆😂🤣😁 Eeeeeeeast, Eeeeeeeeast, Eeeeeeeeeast💪👴👍. You’ll get the hang of it mate.

        • Penso are you sure your not RussCrower👈👨 👉You say the same things he says mate. Sack Seibold and Cook. I reckon you have been busted Penso . The cat😹🐈🐱has been let out of the bag now, hasn’t it mate❗❗❗❗❗ 🤣😁🤣🤣🤣😁😁😀😆😆😆😂😂😂😂😂😂😆😁🤣😀😂😂😂🤣😁

        • Woody, have you been eating discarded plastics or chicken pellets passed their used by date again? Because it looks like something has disagreed with you as is evidenced by the excessive emoji diarrhoea in your above posts.

          “Penso are you sure your not RussCrower?”

          Woody, I think you are now showing signs of delirium. Best you get to a vet quick before you start to lose your feathers and your “giblets” fall off and you end up going from a c0ckerel to a capon without a surgical procedure!

    • @ pedro

      Didn’t you get a text message from Cook’s brother mate telling you that Cook will NOT be going to Brisbane and that IF he leaves Souths he will be staying in Sydney which would also rule out Newcastle?

        • Crawl out of the hole your in Woodchook, nobody on this site believes i’m Russ whatever, they all know YOU are, do us all a favour and get off this site you are a disgrace.

        • Is that your best defence Penso trying to palm someones identity onto me. Well I for one suspect it could be a possibility that you and Crower are the same bloke. If it talks badly about other Rabbits and if it appears concerned like other Rabbits then its a disgruntled Rabbit. 🐇🐰🐇🐰 You and Crower sound very similar. Why would I waste my time attempting to be concerned about Souths when I’m too busy enjoying life at the top of the pack. In fact later tonight I probably will get another kick out of the watching the grand final again on video.

        • Woody, I know penso away from ZT and I can compare his styles both online and offline and I can tell you that he is incapable of deception and using florid speech and imitating Benjamin Franklin reading the American Declaration of Independence like Russ does. You are also way off track if you are thinking penso is that desperate to find an excuse to attack Roosters supporters that he would rubbish Souths to achieve this. That is something that no true Rabbitohs supporter could ever do and I feel certain I can vouch for my “Bunny brothers in the burrow” about that.

          If you aren’t Russ, Woody then penso’s accusation (or my occasional jests) shouldn’t upset you in the same way that I am not bothered by danielle’s casual assertions that are not based on fact or evidence of me having more than one profile. Even though she is the resident expert on operating multiple profiles you would think that she should be experienced in this matter but she is way off the mark and shooting in the dark (where she spends most of her time anyway).

          You and penso need to build a bridge Woody, Give him a tickle and try to find his funny bone just as you found mine. 😉

      • His brother said he’s not going to the broncs. There’s too much travel involved. The tigs have had a poke tho…

        • Cheers pedro for clarifying that.

          “The tigs have had a poke tho…”

          Again pedro? That’s disappointing. That hasn’t happened since March 2001 when John Hopoate played for the Wests Tigers. In Hopoate’s defence though he did say he was performing a community service in raising awareness for Prostate Cancer Awareness Week… which is held on the 10th of September, 6 months AFTER the incident! 👉👌😳

        • Hope all you want Reginald Reagan. Napa was contracted and that meant nothing. If Cook is delaying to extend then I reckon he is trying to make up for lost time and at 28 years of age get the biggest and best contract available to fatten up his wallet. He has been on peanuts. Brisbane has spent their cap amount I think. Maybe Cronulla is not even thinking about Johnston or Johnson just maybe they are after Cook. The last time they purchased a Hooker they won the comp.🥕💰💥🦈

        • “Napa was contracted and that meant nothing.”

          Because the chooks forced him out mate, to go after Marty Taupau. Just like the chooks forced out Mitchell Pearce, Adrian Guerra, SKD, Connor Watson and Kane Evans to try to fit two $1 mill players (Tedesco and Cronk) and contract upgrades for Cordner, Keary and Friend into your burgeoning (“exponentially increasing”) salary cap!

          Nice try Woody, but I’m up to your tricks with your “shell and pea” game with the Roosters’ salary cap.

      • Apprently Seibold swore at the press this arvo in souths colours, he called a snap meeting with the players saying he was leaving, then Bennett announced he was staying put, he needs to go NOW, in the tele tomorrow

        • Penso, “but why hasn’t he signed yet?”.
          As an outsider looking in (zero inside info) I’ll throw my 2 cents in, but looking at it from Cook’s perspective.
          He’s contracted for 2019, and most clubs would offer him a very nice contract whenever he’s ready.
          He doesn’t actually know who is going to be coaching him next year, but does know it will either be Siebold or Bennett. The (Rookie) coach of the year, who he does know, or one the most experienced/successful coaches in the NRL.
          I’m not saying he’s not loyal to the Bunnies, and he probably is, but it wasn’t that long ago that he (based on media reports, and yes, I know) thought he was being overlooked at the Bunnies (the Farah signing).
          Anyway, and for what it’s worth, if I was Cook I’d be hoping Bennett comes in now, and I’d sus him out before making a call on my next contract too.

        • “I’ll throw my 2 cents in”

          mighty, I hate to nitpick but I just had a word to Ted and Jed, Ned’s two brothers and experts in all trivial distinctions, and they told me that “2 cents” are no longer legal tender. They were withdrawn from circulation in 1992 along with the one-cent piece rendering your exchange commercially invalid. Sorry mate, just throwing in my commercially acceptable “five-cents worth”. 😉

        • Reg sorry to nitpick even further but i hope you didn’t pay for that financial advise. 1 and 2 cent coins have been removed from circulation BUT remain legal tender and technically can be deposited at banks and used for financial transactions but only up to 20 cents. So Mighty’s 2 cents IS commercially acceptable,

        • Trouble is Souths have been down this road before, remember Seibold would not extend and now look whats happened , thats what i’m worried about, Cook may have other idea’s , that’s my point.

        • Tommy, nice work.
          Reg, nice try, but it would appear those 2 brothers of mine have led you astra.
          Penso, you’re right, and I can understand your concern, but at this stage him not re-signing yet may not be because he wants/expects to leave.
          What Cook thinks of Bennett will play a big role in whether he stays. If Bennett moves now/very soon Cook can sus him out before he makes his decision.

        • @ tommyknocker


          Got me with your “tommy gun” mate. There are bunny bits everywhere now. I didn’t think that following the advice of Ned’s two brothers who “claimed” to be experts, like Ned, in their field would have lead to me becoming ZT roadkill. Ned Ryerson, you will have to have a word with Ted and Jed and go over their financial training before they give advice to anyone else. Just think of the potential damage to the Ryerson reputation!

        • Btw, welcome to the “Banter Train” tommy. All aboard tommy! “Toot toot”

          Maybe now that you too are “on board” mate you can help me throw Papa Smurf overboard somewhere “down the track”? 😂😂😂😂

  1. I will stick with my earlier prediction. Cookie will play for Souths in 2019 if Seibold is coach. In 2020 I expect to see him in Tigers colours, or possibly Saints colours if Widdop goes back to UK. If Troy Pezet says he won’t be at Newcastle in 2020 then that is the truth. Knights probably couldn’t afford him anyway.

  2. I’m a very passionate bunnies fan but this is complete BS . The NRL is a joke. How can players and coaches sign with a club and a season to run on their contracts .
    I don’t care how it works, it has to change.
    As for the South’s board they need a rocket up themselves. Like Crichton , if Cook wants to play elsewhere let him go now . If Selbold is coaching the Broncos next year let him go now . I’d rather watch a team winning or losing with the passion for its fans . Loyalty has gone , let them go .
    Why the clowns signed Bennett has got me stuffed , everyone has a used by date and his has expired . He revolutionised the game using his wingers as an eight man pack but that was long ago . The only thing he brings is maybe the prized signing of a superstar in the making of Pangai Jr . Other than that it brings no joy to the majority of Bunnies fans .
    I waited 40 years for another premiership and don’t mind waiting another 40 if the players are passionate about the red n green and us fans .

    • Here here jtraynor67 well said, thats all i’m after players who want to be here and coaches.

      I Reckon annul Bennets contract, sack Seibold and get Demetriou now , that would work wouldn’t it?

      • penso, check out my post to on the “Bennett to stay at Brisbane” story.

        Reg Reagan December 1, 2018 at 11:23 am

        “I think a Broncos fan (I forget who) advised that Demetriou has already commented that he is not interested in taking over a head coaching role in the NRL at this stage of his coaching development… Perhaps the person who posted this recently could confirm this again?”

        IF this is the case then it was never an option and Demetriou appears to be staying put at the Broncos for the time being irrespective of who is the Broncos head coach in 2019.

    • @ jtraynor67

      While I agree in part with what you have said I have posted some strong objections and pointed questions as well in a lengthy response to an identical post of yours on the “Bennett to stay at Brisbane” story. Cheers.

  3. It’s obvious that bennett is on the nose and souffs players want out.
    Souffs have stuffed up lol getting skeletor.

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