Cooper Cronk signs 2-year deal to join Roosters in NRL

October 29, 2017

SYDNEY (AP) Australian playmaker Cooper Cronk has signed a two-year deal to join the Sydney Roosters in the National Rugby League, ending months of speculation about where he'd play after ending his long career with the Melbourne Storm.

The 33-year-old Cronk has played 323 games for the Storm since making his NRL debut in 2004, ending his long tenure there with a premiership this month.

''Cooper has played the game at the highest level for a number of years and we are keenly aware of what he brings to the club,'' Roosters chief executive Joe Kelly said in a statement Monday. ''Together with the established leaders within our squad, we see him as a wonderful addition to our roster.''

The veteran Kangaroos and Queensland State-Of-Origin halfback announced during the 2017 season that he was relocating to Sydney for personal reasons.

He said he was treating the move to the Roosters, one of the oldest clubs in the league, as a new opportunity.

''It marks the start of a new chapter for me both professionally and personally and I look forward to joining my new teammates and coaches, and immersing myself in the club's culture in lead-up to the 2018 season,'' he said.

Cronk was a key player in Australia's win over England in the opening game of the Rugby League World Cup last Friday. He will join the Roosters after the World Cup.