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Cooper Cronk announces he will retire from NRL at the end of this season

Phil Rothfield, May 20, 2019 11:30AM The Daily Telegraph

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Roosters player Cooper Cronk has announced he is retiring this year. Picture: Brett Costello media_cameraRoosters player Cooper Cronk has announced he is retiring this year. Picture: Brett Costello


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Champion halfback Cooper Cronk will retire from the NRL at the end of the season.

The 35-year-old Sydney Roosters star told coach Trent Robinson of his decision last week.

Cronk has played 360 NRL games, represented Australia in the Kangaroos side 38 times and worn the Queensland jumper in 22 State of Origin matches.

Yesterday at a press conference to announce his move, Cronk simply said: “It’s been a hell of a ride” when talking about his career.

2017 NRL Grand Final - Storm v Cowboys media_cameraCooper Cronk, Cameron Smith and Billy Slater of the Storm after winning the 2017 NRL Grand Final. Picture: Getty Images
State Of Origin II - QLD v NSW media_cameraCooper Cronk signals his Maroons teammates during game two of the 2016 State of Origin series. Picture: Getty Images

Cronk kicked off his NRL career with Melbourne in 2004 and played 325 games for the Storm, winning four grand finals including his final game for the club in 2017.

He quit Melbourne Storm in 2017 before steering the Roosters to victory in last year’s grand final, amazingly with a fractured* shoulder.

NRL Grand Final media_cameraCooper Cronk passes during the 2018 NRL Grand Final. He played with a broken arm in this match. Picture: Brett Costello
NRL Grand Final media_cameraRoosters player Cooper Cronk with the premiership trophy, and a broken arm, after the 2018 NRL Grand Final against his old side Melbourne Storm. Picture: Brett Costello

His high-profile switch to the Roosters in 2018 had instant rewards as he became the first player to win back-to-back titles* with two different clubs in the NRL era*.

Cronk is likely to stay on at the Roosters in a mentoring/coaching role.

Cronk paid tribute to both Storm and the Roosters yesterday.

“I just really appreciate everything Melbourne Storm has done for me. I moved down there as a kid with just an opportunity,” Cronk said.

“There are not too many people I respect more than (coach) Craig Bellamy. I think fondly about our mateship. He is a mate first and a coach second. In terms of football the work ethic, the humility*, the dedication and just what it takes to make it — he taught me that.

“To the Roosters organisation, I thank you very much. This club has … a lot of heart and a lot of soul.”


  • fractured: broken
  • titles: premierships
  • era: period of time
  • humility: being modest about your own abilities


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  1. When will Cooper Cronk stop playing NRL?
  2. How many times did he represent Australia?
  3. What position does he play for the Roosters?
  4. Which team did he start his career with?
  5. What injury did he suffer in the 2018 Grand Final?


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