Cronk says no to shifting to Waratahs

LEAGUE MAN: Cooper Cronk says he won't be playing rugby union next year with the Waratahs.
LEAGUE MAN: Cooper Cronk says he won't be playing rugby union next year with the Waratahs. PAUL MILLER

COOPER Cronk won't be switching to rugby union with the struggling Waratahs in 2018.

The Kangaroos halfback will leave NRL club Melbourne at season's end to join his Sydney-based fiancee Tara Rushton, but hasn't announced his playing future.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said earlier in the week that Cronk would be a rugby success and the Waratahs should sign him.

Code-hopper Karmichael Hunt also backed a Cronk move to rugby.

But Cronk denied he would play for the Waratahs next year.

"That won't be happening," he said.

"I did play a bit of rugby at school and thoroughly enjoyed it and I watch rugby and played with some of the current Wallabies.

"But I love rugby league. It has given me everything I have in my life.

"I am an avid supporter of the game."

Cronk, 33, said he was physically and mentally able to play on.

"My intention is to make a decision on if I play again next year not where I am going to play," he said.

"I will have an answer for you at some stage.

"I won't be dictated by the market.

"I need to make a smart decision and they don't happen overnight."

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