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Roosters the new NRL Premiership favourite after signing Cronk

Tue, Oct 31, 2:11pm by Head Editor

Cooper Cronk has signed with the Sydney Roosters and the departure of the two-time Dally M medallist has caused a shake-up of the NRL Premiership market, with his new side moving into outright favouritism at the expense of his old club, Melbourne Storm.

The acquisition of the Queensland and Australian halfback has seen the tricolours move in from $6 to $5 to win the Premiership for the first time since 2013.

Sportsbet’s Will Byrne said “there’s no question Cronk will make a difference at the Roosters and his arrival has already impacted the odds of them becoming Premiers.’’

The announcement ends months of speculation as to the destination of the Brisbane-born 33-year-old, after he stated that he would be moving to Sydney at the end of this year, to be with his fiancé, Fox Sports presenter, Tara Rushton.

The Queenslander has signed a two-year-deal, worth a reported $2 million, that will commence as soon as he finishes his commitments with Australia at the World Cup, a tournament that he and his countrymen are $1.17 favourites to win in early December.

Melbourne, who Cronk represented 323 times between 2004 and 2017, remain on the second line of betting, at $6, to defend their title that they won on the first Sunday in October, when they beat the North Queensland Cowboys by a score of 34-6.

Speaking of the Cowboys, they are next in betting, at $7, to lift their second Provan-Summons Trophy in four years. That mark may be value given that their skipper and the man widely regarded as one of the best footballers in the world – Johnathan Thurston – will be back next season, having missed most of 2017 with a shoulder injury.

Other movers in the market have been the Brisbane Broncos, who are out from $11 to $12, while the Penrith Panthers have also drifted, from $11 to $13.

At the other end of the market, there’s been no love for the Gold Coast Titans, who announced their new coach would be former policeman Garth Brennan. The Queensland club slid from $34 to the equal highest quote of all, at $51.

2018 NRL Grand Final Winner – Sportsbet

Sydney Roosters $5

Melbourne Storm $6

Nth Queensland Cowboys $7

Brisbane Broncos $12

Penrith Panthers $13

Cronulla Sharks $13

Parramatta Eels $13

South Sydney Rabbitohs $13

Canberra Raiders $13

Manly Sea Eagles $15

St George Illawarra Dragons $21

Canterbury Bulldogs $34

Newcastle Knights $41

Gold Coast Titans $51

Wests Tigers $51

New Zealand Warriors $51

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