Cooper Cronk of the Storm during the 2017 NRL grand final. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
Cooper Cronk of the Storm during the 2017 NRL grand final. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Eels drop out of race for Cooper Cronk

PARRAMATTA has ended its flirtation with Kangaroos halfback Cooper Cronk.

Eels CEO Bernie Gurr revealed on Tuesday morning his club would not be pursuing off-contract Cronk.

The chase for Cronk is now down to two clubs - the Roosters and Sharks.

"We're not in the race for Cooper Cronk," Gurr said.

"We assess every player that comes onto the open market, to see whether they fit our club, fit our salary cap and fit our positional needs.

"When we looked at our roster and our positional needs we have opted to go in another direction."

Gurr said his club never engaged in "serious discussions" with Cronk's management.

Parramatta claim to be more than happy with their existing halves pairing of Corey Norman and Mitch Moses.

The Roosters remain favourites to sign Cronk.


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