Cooper Cronk’s football hiatus was short-lived.
Yes, but he has hopped codes, saying adios to the land of NRL premierships and hola to the AFL, where he will act as a leadership consultant for the GWS Giants.
Judging from the 2019 AFL Grand Final, where GWS disgraced the entire city of Sydney and the state of New South Wales, it would seem that GWS should put Cronk on the ground.
If anyone has the ability to erase the taint of the 89-point Grand Final loss to Richmond, it would seem that Cronk is the man for the job and the former player for the Chooks will bring the former greatest name in rugby to become the greatest name in Australian Rules footy.
Cronk also has a part-time gig with the Roosters, as he will coach the halves for his old club.
If Cronk can impart some of his wisdom and work ethic to certain members of the Giants, he will be well worth whatever price he is asking.
“It’s his leadership, it’s his experience, just everything he brings to the table. Of course we’d love to get him involved,” Giants’ board member James Bartel told Macquarie Sports Radio in October.
Cronk is not breaking new ground entirely.
His teammate from the Melbourne Storm days, Billy Slater, is handling a dual role for the Storm and the AFL’s St. Kilda Saints.
St. Kilda seems the tougher row to hoe, but Slater is one tough hoer.
Asked about his new role with GWS, Cronk said, “I am looking forward to working with the Giants and the team. During my career I was able to learn many aspects to leadership and performance which I hope to convey to assist the club in achieving its goals.”
Cronk will begin working with GWS later this month.
It seems certain that Cronk can help the Giants and Slater can help the Saints, which has us musing over whether we can hop from sports journo and take up a composer’s role at the Opera House, although that might be too big a stretch and limerick writing more in line with our abilities.