Cooper Cronk will be a Rooster in 2018!
On behalf of the silent majority of the rugby league public, I’d like to express my gratitude to Sydney Roosters patriarch – Nick Politis. You sir, are our unacknowledged saviour! NRL’s Zorro if you will. That magic “N” is now carved into the 2018 NRL season, and millions of us will be the beneficiaries.
It’s time for the small minded in the footy fraternity to stop their ovine bleating about inequality. When petty jealousies are put aside, and blinkers taken off, the big picture comes into focus. Consider the “rat with a gold tooth cunning” behind securing Cronk’s signature.
By adding just one player to the Roosters’ roster, Politis has:
* Placed the NRL in Media Headlines
Forget off-season player shenanigans- it’s nothing but good news week thanks to Uncle Nick. Even the Rugby League World Cup has to play second fiddle to the joyous announcement of Cooper joining the tri-colours. Has there ever been a better time to be a rugby league supporter?
* Provided employment for a young man deemed unworthy of a testimonial match by the NRL
Cam Smith and JT are getting close to retirement and many of us were deeply concerned about how they would support themselves and their families on a pe
nsion. Those headaches were removed via the NRL’s testimonial match, which thankfully will not impact the salary caps of their respective teams.
However, the NRL had failed to consider the plight of a young man who had given up his team and his home for love. Thank goodness that the Roosters supremo would not leave Mr Cronk destitute. This heartfelt gesture to his fellow man should not go unnoticed by the community.
* Raised the standard of the NSW Cup
With the Wyong Roos now boasting an Origin half in their spine, it’s up to the other feeder clubs to lift their roster. The crowds will be flocking to Maurie Breen Reserve and Sydney suburban grounds as Wenty, Norths, Newtown and Mounties attempt to overcome the Mitchell Pearce inspired Central Coast juggernaut.
* Ensured greater support for the Sydney game from our southern neighbours
As the most popular club in Sydney, the Roosters have never shied away from their responsibilities to the code, and importantly to the rugby league public in the Sydney basin. By signing fan favourite Cronk from Melbourne, Politis has extended the reach of the code even deeper into AFL heartland.
With Cronk no longer in the Deep South, Victorians will need to tune into television coverage to watch their man go round. The Roosters opponents and the NRL as a whole will gain extra exposure from the millions of men, women and children following the exploits of their favourite muchacho. Advertising revenue will go gang busters for all media stakeholders and the game will be the ultimate winner. If only other Club bosses could put the game above themselves with their decisions.
* Provided Sydney fans with a club to follow in 2018 Final Series
As certain as a Cameron Smith conversation with a ref – the Storm were already at unbackable odds to go back-to-back in 2018. Not so now, and isn’t it inspiring for rugby league fans throughout Sydney to know that they have a team to follow to the Grand Final next year.
Nick Politis has sacrificed a massive chunk of the Roosters money for all of us. Just as he selflessly recruited Sonny Bill Williams to ensure that the NRL title stayed in NSW in 2013, the Roosters Charman has again dug deep for the upcoming season. Sleep easy friends, there’ll be a Sydney club challenging for the title. Personally, I’m glad Nick says yes more often.
Next year, when the Roosters become everyone’s second favourite team, don’t forget that it was the inspired recruitment by their chairman that breathed new life into the 2018 season.
Thank you Mr Politis. Yes, yes yes.