Sydney Roosters rugby league team training with Hull Football Club at Moore Park, Sydney. Roosters Cooper Cronk. Picture: Brett Costello
Sydney Roosters rugby league team training with Hull Football Club at Moore Park, Sydney. Roosters Cooper Cronk. Picture: Brett Costello

Cronk: I’m not the most important man at Bondi

COOPER Cronk says the Roosters' ability to be successful in 2018 won't depend on him, but on his ability to get the best out of his teammates.

The Roosters have lost three preliminary finals in the last four years, and many believe Cronk and fellow marquee signing James Tedesco are the men to can take them to another premiership.

But Cronk says he won't be the most important man at Bondi this season and his main job is to lift the performance of the players around him.

"I back myself on the football field in terms of my individual skill [but] I think one of my strengths is bringing other people into the game," he said.

Cooper Cronk hones his game at Roosters training. (Roosters Digital)
Cooper Cronk hones his game at Roosters training. (Roosters Digital)

"With the skill set of guys like Boyd on the edge, Ryan Matterson, you've got Latrell Mitchell, (Blake) Ferguson, (Joseph) Manu, (James) Tedesco out the back, the ability to use those guys and use their skills.

"I'll compete every game, there's no doubt about that, and I'll have pride in my performance. But I don't think I'll be the most influential person at the Sydney Roosters in 2018.

"I think there'll be 10 or 12 other guys who will rise and bring their game up and they'll be the guys who lead us to victory."

Cronk also cited similarities between the Roosters culture and that of the Storm, where he rose through the ranks to become one of the top halfbacks of the NRL era.

"(Meblurne Storm coach) Craig (Bellamy) very much has his strengths and lets other people take care of things," Cronk said.

"(Roosters coach Trent) Robbo (Robinson) is a bit more dimensional and covers a lot of area in terms of the coaching philosophy. But the end result is scary similar.

"You get a tough football team, a mentally tough football team. Physically prepared.

"You get a team that goes out united, that cares for their playing group and their coach, and they go out and perform."

Will the pre-season favourites go all the way?
Will the pre-season favourites go all the way?

Roosters co-captain Boyd Cordner, who this week announced a new five-year deal with the club, believes Cronk can make the difference on and off the field for the Tricolours.

"He's proved time and time again, delivering when the team needs him or when the situation or moment needs him, that he more often stands up and nails it," Cordner said.

"It's been really good to see the way he's come in and bought in to our club.

"We signed Cooper for the player he is but also the person and what he brings off the field."

Cronk will make his unofficial Roosters debut this Saturday night in the trial against Manly.

The 34-year old remarked that he hadn't been so excited for a pre-season match since 2003, his debut season in first grade.