The Brisbane Bombers are targeting Melbourne Storm playmaker Cooper Cronk as their foundation halfback. The prospective NRL franchise has also intensified its pursuit of Petero Civoniceva, with bid boss Craig Davison formally contacting the Maroons warhorse to discuss either a playing or administrative role with the Bombers.
As revealed by The Daily Telegraph last month, the consortium has signed 18 players to letters of intent, although some top-liners may opt to review that stance after NRL boss David Gallop revealed recently expansion could be put on hold until 2015.
The Bombers are more hopeful of a 2013 entry and, if so, will draw up firm plans to snare Cronk, who has not signed a letter of intent.
The former Test playmaker is contracted to Melbourne until the end of 2012, with an option to stay south for the 2013 season.
“Cooper Cronk is up in 2013 and we would love to have him,” Davison said yesterday at the official launch of the Brisbane Bombers. “I would like to talk to Cooper, he’s a Queenslander, he would fit the culture we’re looking to build.
“We will target whoever is off contract for the year we start. I don’t think Cameron Smith is off contract until 2015 which is a shame, but anybody who is off in 2013 we will be looking at them.”
Davison confirmed he had spoken to Civoniceva, who is contracted to the Penrith Panthers until the end of 2012.