Baby joy for Cooper Cronk and Tara Rushton
NRL star Cooper Cronk has revealed that he and his wife Tara Rushton are expecting their first child together.
Rushton, 33, is due to give birth in August and while keeping the pregnancy a closely guarded secret, the couple are excited to finally share the news.
"We are excited to confirm that we are expecting our first child," Cronk told the Sunday Telegraph.
"We are both over the moon and very much looking forward to what the future holds."
Since the news broke, the couple have been showered with well wishes and congratulations on social media.
Cronk quit Melbourne Storm after last year's grand final win and 13 seasons with the club.
He hinted at starting a family then, saying "Tara my fiancee is based in Sydney and there are a few things in life that are more important than football, like family, getting married and a future."
The 34-year-old married Rushton in a low-key ceremony in December last year, where guests noticed the bride was not drinking any alcohol.
Cronk made the change to the Sydney club to accommodate his new wife's Sydney based career and family.
Rushton told her Fox Sports bosses about her pregnancy last week and will not travel to the World Cup in Russia in June.