With the Tigers and Cowboys considered the favourites to land Warriors utility Tui Lolohea, the Knights remain on the hunt for a five-eighth to pair with halfback Trent Hodkinson (or Jaelen Feeney). Enter Cooper Cronk.
According to the Newcastle Herald, Knights CEO Matt Gidley has confirmed that the club has had “very recent talks” with Cronk’s management, and that they will do “everything in our power” to bring Cronk to the club next year.
“Are we interested in Cooper Cronk? Absolutely,” said Gidley. “We will certainly have a conversation with Cooper, and if he is interested in playing next year, then we will do everything within our power to try and get him to our club.”
The Knights have plenty of money to spend, having missed out on (in no particular order) Matt Scott, Jack Bird, and Kieran Foran (among others); as well as recently withdrawing a $1.2 million offer for Roosters winger Shaun Kenny-Dowall.
Gidley also confirmed the club’s interest in Bulldogs captain James Graham, adding “we need to respect the fact that he is contracted to the Bulldogs, but if circumstances change there, he certainly knows how we feel and how much we would love to have him at the club.”
At this point it seems like Gidley has professed how he feels to a lot of players, but you can’t say the Knights aren’t aiming high.
Cronk is #2 on The Obstruction Rule’s Free Agent Top 100.