Some thought he would follow Anthony Seibold but Damien Cook has the South Sydney Rabbitohs a huge boost, signing a new long-term deal.
Cook, who is coming off a career-best season (representing both NSW and Australia and winning the Dally M Hooker of the Year), has re-signed for five years.
With 74 NRL games to his name to date, Cook’s NRL debut came with the St George Illawarra Dragons before he joined the Canterbury Bulldogs.
With a new lease on life since joining the Bunnies, Cook is pleased to have his long-term future sorted.
“I’m very excited to be extending my contract with the Rabbitohs and I’m happy to have my future sorted,” Cook said.
“Souths has been my home for the past three years and I didn’t think it would be possible to be able to secure things for the next five years, but I’m so happy that that will be the case.”
Cook is confident that the club is building nicely moving forward under new coach Wayne Bennett.
“I’ve loved every moment of my time here, even the tough times, and I think we’re building to something nicely,” Cook continued.
“It’s exciting times at the Rabbitohs and I’m looking forward to seeing where we can take it in 2019 and beyond.”
Rabbitohs General Manager of Football Shane Richardson also praised Cook and his recent form.
“Damien has not only proven that he is a top-level NRL hooker, he’s shown that he has what it takes to compete at the highest representative levels of the game,” Richardson said.
“He has taken on every challenge that has been put in front of him and he has overcome them.