Souths and NSW Blues hooker Damien Cook is reportedly being courted by four clubs for 2020 and beyond after his scintillating 2018 season, in which he emerged from the edges of first-grade to become a bonafide star at Origin and Test level.
According to The Daily Telegraph, four clubs are in dialogue with Cook – and among them are an unknown suitor believed to be the Brisbane Broncos, who are allegedly poised to make a big late play for Cook in a bid to line him up with incoming coach Anthony Seibold in 2020.
Cook and Seibold already have a good relationship, with Cook having flourished under Seibold’s guidance during his tenure with the Rabbitohs.
“There has been a club that has come in late,” Cook’s manager Mario Tartak told the Daily Telegraph.
“I would be reluctant (to name the club) because we basically agreed not to say anything.
“We’re down to four clubs and that includes Souths. Two are in Sydney, one out of Sydney. They are all strong offers.
“Put it this way, we are getting closer and closer each week but I’m not in a rush, we’re definitely not in a rush.
“Souths are in heavy dialogue with me and want to retain him. He would like to stay.”
Despite the interest from other clubs and the attractive prospect of linking up with Seibold at the Broncos, South Sydney are still considered the firm favourites for Cook’s signature.