We’ve been sitting on this story all week because, frankly, we still believe Cooper Cronk retires at the end of the year and it sounds mostly like wishful thinking from Penrith fans; but, with the rumour starting to gather momentum in the mainstream media, we might as well throw it out there for our readers’ consideration.
According to Triple M, the Panthers may be trying to make room for Sydney-bound halfback Cronk, with Matthew Johns saying that other clubs are suggesting the Panthers are “trying to make way for a big name player”.
He added that Panthers General Manager of Football Phil Gould has said that “over the next two years, he would love to pair Nathan Cleary with an experienced half”; and finally, Johns said he’d heard that “if he is going to play again, and it is going to be a Sydney club, it’s probably going to be at Penrith.”
Make of that what you will. Our money’s still on Cronk retiring, but adding Cronk to that young Panthers team would be an undeniable boost for the game in Western Sydney.
Cronk has also attracted the interest of the Knights.
Cronk is #2 on The Obstruction Rule’s Free Agent Top 100.