Everybody else has been linked to him at one point or another, so the Rabbitohs might as well get a Cooper Cronk mention, too.
According to Triple M, the Rabbitohs could be a “wildcard” in the race for Cronk’s signature, due to his relationship with coach Michael Maguire.
“The wildcard is Souths,” said The Australian reporter Brent Read. “Souths are obviously waiting on James Maloney, but Michael Maguire has got a really close relationship with Cooper Cronk.”
“They know each other from Melbourne and are kindred spirits.” (Aww, that’s sweet.)
“So they’re a bit of a wildcard, but the issue there is that they have Adam Reynolds on a long-term deal and they’re similar players, so I’m not too sure that they’re sold on the idea that those two guys could work.”
Yes, it also occurred to us that they just started the Cronk-Rabbitohs rumour before immediately shutting it down in the same report, but hey – it’s Triple M.
Imagining for a moment that there is some substance to Cronk wanting to play under Maguire; it might be a moot point anyway if the Rabbitohs don’t start winning, with reports emerging last night that Maguire might be under pressure to keep his job.
But it sure is nice to dream about a backline featuring Greg Inglis, Dane Gagai and Cooper Cronk beating up someone other than New South Wales.