He was seemingly retired after his Melbourne Storm stint but returned to NRL to play for the Sydney Roosters. This time, Cooper Cronk is retiring for good.
Cronk, who is the second most capped player in NRL history behind former team-mate Smith, has played in 16 seasons of rugby league.
With the time being right to move onto new pastures, Cronk has enjoyed a decorated career including premierships, QLD success and Australian success.
Revered by many, Roosters coach Trent Robinson had nothing but praise for Cronk.
“Knowing Cooper, he won’t be too comfortable with these accolades and will be of the view that he still has a job to do, but it’s important we pause to acknowledge his achievements over the years,” said Robinson.
“The records will show that Cooper was only with our Club for two years, but it speaks volumes of his character that his place in the history of our Club is assured.”
In addition to praising his on-field abilities, Robinson also praised Cronk’s off-field nature.
“Cooper is a man of high integrity, and his professional approach to his training, playing and recovery is testament to the character he is,” the Roosters coach continued.
“He has driven success here at the Roosters, and throughout his career.
“He has been a remarkable achiever at both Club and representative level. Significantly, he has also made those around him better, both on and off the field.”