Craig Bellamy, coach for Melbourne Storm, has said that the Sydney Roosters do not need him to reinforce the fact that they have signed a remarkable recruit in Cooper Cronk, as it was a patently obvious fact. He then added that their new player will work very well with their incumbent halves.
As punters who enjoy NRL premiership betting ready themselves for Cronk's debut, the Australian Test halfback player moves on with career, having completed the entirety of his 323 games for the National Rugby League for the Melbourne Storm since he made his 2004 first-grade debut.
The gifted 33-year old player signed a deal with the Roosters on Monday for two years, and will see out his career at the Bondi Junction Club for the foreseeable future.
Bellamy told NRL.com that the Storm team would have loved Cronk to finish his career with them, but it was simply not meant to be. Bellamy is currently undertaking his standard off-season trip to well-known sporting teams and organisations overseas to investigate their methods of dealing with preparation, recovery, and the newest techniques in sports science.
This is the first public statement that Bellamy has made since Cronk announced his resolve to keep playing. Cronk functioned as Bellamy's halfback in a total of seven grand final games that Melbourne has contested since 2004, and Bellamy knows full well the advantages Cronk will bring to their squad.
Bellamy and Cronk will likely remain close, however, in much the same way that Greg Inglis and Bellamy did after he lost the player to South Sydney. Another example of good relations is Bellamy's continued friendliness with Gareth Widdop after St George Illawarra snapped him up.
Bellamy stated that Cronk had been a wonderful player for the Storm, and that everyone was united in wishing him their very best.
As far as Cronk fitting in with halves Luke Keary or Mitchell Pearce, or both, at the Roosters during 2017, there are not any foreseeable problems.
In the seven grand final games he played with the Melbourne Storm, Cronk managed to work in six five-eighths: Scott Hill back in 2006, Inglis for 2007 - 2008, Brett Finch further on, in 2009, Blake green last year, and Cameron Munster in the Melbourne premiership victory earlier on in October.
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