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Next Game: The Season has finished
Pearce exit not your fault, Cronk: Cordner
21 Nov 2017
Sydney Roosters captain Boyd Cordner has spoken about Mitchell Pearce's exit from the NRL club.

Sydney Roosters captain Boyd Cordner has moved to assure new clubmate Cooper Cronk that he is not to blame for Mitchell Pearce's controversial exit from the NRL club.

Cordner reached out to Cronk in Kangaroos camp after the Roosters on Monday granted Pearce a release from the final two years of his deal following the club's recruitment of Cronk.

He admitted Cronk felt awkward about Pearce's departure.

"It's only natural for him to feel like that, coming to a new club and this happened. But I just reassured him that we're so happy that he's coming to the Roosters," Cordner said.

"He's a Rooster now. These things are out of your control and that's footy. It's a business. He shouldn't be feeling like it was his fault or anything because it's not.

"Although it's sad to see Pearcey go, we're super happy to have Cooper Cronk coming to the Roosters."

Cordner had been in constant contact with Pearce since Cronk's signing, and had again spoken to the NSW State of Origin halfback before he officially requested a release from the Roosters.

He said he respected Pearce's decision to leave.

"When he come back, he gave me a call before he went to see the Roosters and let me know he was going to ask for a release and try and look elsewhere," Cordner said.

"I don't know if I was just hopeful that he was going to stay - I thought that he might've stayed. But it wasn't to be and I can understand and respect his decision."

Cordner said he had also spoken to a number of his Roosters teammates to ensure there was no ill-feeling over the exit of a player who had worn the No.7 jumper for 11 years.

"I've been speaking to a couple of the boys and, although they are sad as well, they understand the situation and understand what's going on," he said.

"Pearcey's moved on now so, on behalf of the playing group and coaching staff, we're more than excited to have Cooper Cronk as a Rooster now."

Cordner was also adamant the Roosters would be better after the roster upheaval, which also included the blue-chip signing of fullback James Tedesco.

"If you have look at the halfback we've just signed, he's a Queensland Origin halfback, a premiership-winning halfback and he's also the Australian halfback," he said.

"We've also made another pretty good signing with James Tedesco.

"I still think that although Pearcey's a great player, what he does on the football field, some of the stuff he does, no one else can do.

"But in saying that, I don't think we lose much with Cooper Cronk coming into the side."


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Last Game: The Roosters lost against the Canterbury Bulldogs 26 - 32 at Telstra Stadium, Australia (5313 days ago)  game results here
 Sydney City Roosters Season 0 Stats (All games)
 Total Games Played 26 
 Away Games 26 
    Away Wins 13 
 Home Games
    Home Wins
 Total Tries: 47 
 Total Goals: 42 
 Total Field Goals:
 Total Points For: 647 
 Total Points Against: 585 
 Leagues the Sydney City Roosters are in
1995 Winfield Cup, 1996 Optus Cup, 1998 NRL Season, 1998 NRL Finals, 1999 NRL Country Carnival, 1999 NRL Season, 1999 NRL Finals, 2000 NRL Season, 2000 NRL Finals, 2001 NRL Pre-Season, 2001 NRL Season, 2001 NRL Finals, 2002 NRL Season, 2002 NRL Finals, 2003 NRL Season,

 Players in 2002
Adrian Morley, Andrew Lomu, Anthony Minichiello, Brad Fittler, Brett Mullins, Bryan Fletcher, Chris Flannery, Craig Fitzgibbon, Craig Wing, Dallas Hood, Eric Grothe, Justin Hodges, Luke Milton, Luke Ricketson, Mark Leafa, Michael Crocker, Paul Green, Ryan Cross, Shannon Hegarty, Simon Bonetti,

 Players in 2001
Albert Talapeau, Anthony Mundine, Craig Field, Dean Widders, Ian Rubin, Jamie Russo, Luke Phillips, Matt Sing, Michael Korkidas, Nathan Tutt, Peter Cusack, Quentin Pongia, Sam Obst, Scott Logan, Todd Byrne, Trent Clayton,

 Players in 2000
Adrian Lam, David Solomona, Jack Elsegood, Julian Bailey, Robert Miles,

 Players in 1999
Andrew Walker, Craig Kimmorley, Ivan Cleary, Nat Wood, Richard Barnett, Shane Rigon,
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Last Results

Friday, 9 May, 2003
Canterbury 32
Sydney City 26


Friday, 2 May, 2003
Sydney City 44
Parramatta 12


Friday, 25 Apr, 2003
St George 24
Sydney City 20


Friday, 18 Apr, 2003
Sydney City 27
Brisbane 20


Saturday, 12 Apr, 2003
Sydney City 32
Cowboys 0


Sunday, 6 Apr, 2003
Sydney City 40
Sharks 20


Sunday, 30 Mar, 2003
Penrith 23
Sydney City 22


Friday, 21 Mar, 2003
Sydney City 14
Newcastle 10


Friday, 14 Mar, 2003
Sydney City 32
Parramatta 14


Saturday, 28 Sep, 2002
Sydney City 16
Brisbane 12


2003 NRL LADDER
Round 10
May 17th - 18th
Pos  Team Name  P
 1   Canberra   16 
 2   Brisbane   14 
 3   Warriors   14 
 4   Sydney City   12 
 5   Melbourne   12 
 6   Newcastle   12 
 7   Penrith   12 
 8   Canterbury   10 
 9   St George   10 
 10   Eagles   8 
 11   Cowboys   8 
 12   Sharks   6 
 13   Wests Tigers   6 
 14   Parramatta   4 
 15   South Sydney   2 
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