Mitchell Pearce has headed overseas amid talk he wants out of his contract with the Roosters.
Mitchell Pearce has headed overseas amid talk he wants out of his contract with the Roosters. DAVE HUNT

Cordner happy Cooper coming to the Roosters

RUGBY LEAGUE: Star backrower Boyd Cordner has welcomed the Sydney Rooster's signing of Cooper Cronk even though his arrival could trigger Mitchell Pearce's departure.

Pearce's future at the Roosters remains in limbo after the club on Monday announced they had signed Cooper on a two-year deal beginning next season.

Stung by the recruitment of the Melbourne, Queensland and Australian halfback, Pearce has headed overseas for a holiday with some suggesting he wants out of the remaining two years of his contract at Bondi.

Cordner said during Kangaroos camp on Wednesday he hoped Pearce would remain at the Roosters but if he did opt out, he said the incumbent NSW halfback's exit would be unlikely to disrupt his teammates.

"I don't think so,” he said.

"At the end of the day it's Pearcey's choice. I'm here to support Pearcey and respect his decision whichever way he wants to go but at this stage it looks like he'll be a Rooster.

"At the moment he's signed with the Roosters, he's a Roosters player and he's been a big part of what we've tried to achieve.

Cooper Cronk in action during a Kangaroos training session on Tuesday.
Cooper Cronk in action during a Kangaroos training session on Tuesday. LUKAS COCH

"We would love him to stay. That was the plan anyway, for Pearcey to stay and Cooper to add to what we've already got.”

Cordner said he was excited by what Cronk would add to a side that finished second after the 2017 regular season but lost to North Queensland in the preliminary final.

"Everyone knows what he's done in the game and what sort of person he is,” Cordner said.

"I'm really excited at what he can bring and add to our club not only on the field but off the field as well.”



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