Cook is doing a great job of just creating time and space for his halves instead of just running. It’s no coincidence that both Reynolds and Walker are playing their best football since peak Issac LukeI would argue Maloney and Cleary were never a great combination and they played their best footy when the other one was absent. Even this season Cleary played one of his better gamed vs Parra and Maloney looked a bit better vs Manly.
Plus Cleary has an existing combo with Cook from last year.
I think Cooks combo with his halves is more significant than the halves themselves.
Hopefully it helps that well for the Origin spine