Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
In 2016 Damien Cook joined the South Sydney Rabbitohs and was intended to be a backup to marquee signing Robbie Farah.
By the end of 2018, Farah was back at the Tigers and Cook was a State of Origin winning hooker with the Blues.
The 30-year-old has gone on to become the Australian year hooker and has cemented himself as a Rabbitohs club legend who has arguably been one of their best signings since returning to the NRL in 2002.
Cook has become a certified fan favourite since he first don the red and green so the South Sydney faithful will be ecstatic to hear that he is looking to extend his stay at the club.
In a recent appearance on the Fox League podcast Cook revealed that he would like to remain at the Rabbitohs for at least another three years.
“I want to finish my career here and I feel like I could play until 35 or 36. I’d love three years and I’d call it quits after that just so I could finish with South Sydney,” said Cook.
Seems like a while and a world ago when we last played the Parramatta Eels in front of no one on the Gold Coast after Queensland went into an 8 day snap lockdown. 🦠 Final score 40-12 in favour of South Sydney. 🐇❤️💚 #GoRabbitohs pic.twitter.com/IQrWIfHLyk
— South Sydney Rabbitohs 🐰 (@SSFCRABBITOHS) June 28, 2022
“I’m confident and take a lot of pride in how I look after myself and no doubt I’d make sure I continue to deliver.
“I understand as well about leaving the jersey in a good spot, where with the transition of the players coming through that I leave the club in a good position.”
The Rabbitohs are currently in a transitional phase with the loss of head coach Wayne Bennett and captain Adam Reynolds following last year’s NRL grand final loss to the Penrith Panthers.
Jason Demetriou’s side is currently sitting in seventh place on the ladder and are mathematically one loss away from dropping out of the top eight.
Cook is one of the Rabbitohs highest-paid players and might be someone who the club looks to let go ahead of a big rebuild if they don’t make the finals in 2022.