Several major news outlets (*cough* News Limited *cough*) have reported over the weekend that Storm halfback Cooper Cronk has agreed to a coaching role with the Storm in 2018. That being said, the actual contents of the articles appear to be based off a quote from Storm Football Manager Frank Ponissi that’s inconclusive at best, so we’ve opted for a less sensationalist headline.
According to Fox Sports, Ponissi “told the Daily Telegraph Cronk will be on the payroll down there”. The apparent confirmation is below (be your own judge):
“So we have a preference that he doesn’t play for two reasons – one we don’t want to be playing against Cooper because he is such a quality player.
“And two, it just means we can start using him straight away in a coaching capacity which we wouldn’t be able to do if he went to another club.”
And there it is.
In our opinion, that reads as though Cronk and the Storm have a standing agreement that he’ll return to coach at Melbourne when he retires, which might (and we’d guess probably will) be in 2018. However, we also think it’s a stretch to call that a “confirmation”.
Feel free to draw your own conclusions.