Parramatta Eels are set to table a mega-contract to lure South Rabbitohs star and NSW hero, Damien Cook away from Redfern.
Cook, 27, had an unbelievable 2018, the South Sydney hooker started the season jockeying with veteran Robbie Farah for the No.9 jumper at the Rabbitohs and has finished it taking over the hooking duties from Cameron Smith in the Australian team.
Cook’s speed out of dummy-half and his guile with the ball has been a major asset for Souths this season and the reason for his debut in the NSW State of Origin team. He easily topped the count for dummy-half runs (173) with daylight second and as a result was awarded the Dally M Award for the No.9 jersey.
Damien Cook’s manager has turned up the heat on the Rabbitohs, declaring his client is in no hurry to re-sign with the club as rival NRL clubs circle with Parramatta believed to be leading the pack with a multi-million dollar tabled to cook.
Parramatta have been searching for a replacements since Nathan Peats was forced to leave the club and join the Titans due to their salary cap crisis in the 2016 season.
It is understood Parramatta are offering Cook a deal worth $4.5 million over 5 years, an amount that is considerable more then what the Rabbitohs currently have table to cook.
Cook has made 74 NRL appearances since his debut in Round 6 of the 2013 NRL season, for the Dragons against the Wests Tigers.