Cooper Cronk
Titans eager for Cronk

The ink was still drying on Dave Taylor’s four-year deal with the Gold Coast Titans yesterday when it emerged they were zeroing in on an even bigger target — Melbourne Storm halfback Cooper Cronk.

Cronk, off contract at the end of the season, has been in protracted talks with the Storm over extending his stay in Melbourne. However, he has also attracted interest from Melbourne’s NRL rivals, most notably the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

St George Illawarra is also believed to have expressed an interest in the 28-year-old and now Titans chief executive Michael Searle confirmed his club had entered the picture as they prepare to offer Brisbane-born Cronk the chance to return to south-east Queensland.

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He would also add to an impressive recruitment drive by the Titans over the past year. He would be impressed with the Titans’ latest signing, Queensland Origin teammate Taylor, along with the pile of representative players secured last year — Nate Myles, Jamal Idris, Luke Douglas and Beau Champion.

The Titans already have a halfback in Scott Prince but could shift the Wests Tigers premiership winner to five-eighth, where he and Cronk would form the most experienced halves combination in the competition.

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