Super League: Tony Smith would welcome Cooper Cronk at Warrington Wolves
Last Updated: 03/09/14 12:54pm
St Helens will win the League Leaders' Shield as long as they avoid defeat to Warrington
Tony Smith is an "admirer" of Melbourne Storm's Cooper Cronk after Warrington Wolves were linked with a move for the Australia international.
Cronk is closing in on his 250th appearance for the NRL giants, but it seems an imminent move to Super League is not on the radar for the talented 30-year-old.
Smith would welcome Cronk at the Halliwell Jones Stadium should he ever wish to play in England, although Wolves’ boss is playing down a move as speculation.
"He's a fantastic player. I think he'd be on most people's wish lists," Smith told Sky Sports.
"I'd say that's a message board type recruitment wish list than reality at the moment. He's doing a great job over there.
"If he ever wants to come this way that would be great. We'd certainly welcome him.
"We're one of those clubs, the main club that gets linked to every big name that’s floating around in the game.
"It's a nice compliment for us to be linked with someone like him. He's certainly a player I admire."
St Helens can clinch the League Leaders' Shield for the first time since 2008 against Warrington in Thursday's game live on Sky Sports.
However, Smith insists the Wolves are out to spoil their party as last year's Grand Finalists aim to finish second in the ladder.
"We hope to spoil the party, at least for another week," he continued. "This week we’re doing our best to spoil their party.
"At a push we could still finish in the second position and that's what we're aiming to do. We're reliant on other people to lose in order to do that.
"All we can do is take care of our own games. We'll finish where we deserve to finish. We'll be in the playoffs doing our best to get back to Old Trafford."