With their final home game of the season coming up, the Canberra Raiders have received a boost, re-signing talented centre Jarrod Croker on a new 4-year deal.
The long-term deal is just rewards for Croker, who has enjoyed a stellar season in 2014 despite an overall poor season for the Raiders.
Sitting high up on the try-scorers list and leading the NRL in points scored, Croker has proven his quality as an NRL centre in 2014.
For Croker, there is no other team for him and despite their position on the ladder this year, he sees improvement in their squad moving forward.
â€œIâ€™m very excited to be remaining at the club where I made my debut and weâ€™re Iâ€™ve been able to start and build on my NRL career,â€ Croker said.
â€œCanberra is a place I love and where I want to play my football and I believe we have a bright future ahead of us with our playing roster and coaching staff led by Ricky Stuart.â€
At just 23, Croker has a wealth of experience and he was honoured and privileged to have had the chance to captain the side this season.
â€œBeing named Captain for the few games is a huge honour and Iâ€™ve enjoyed leading the team out over the past couple of weeks,” said Croker.
Additionally, support off the field is crucial and Croker was quick to thank the club, the fans and his family for their continued support throughout his career.
â€œI want to thank all of my family, friends, teammates and the Raiders members and family for their continued support and I look forward to seeing a big crowd at Canberra Stadium on Saturday night, particularly to farewell a legend of the game like Brett White,” said Croker.
The club are ecstatic to have retained Croker and have the belief in him that he can go on to become one of the club’s greats.
â€œJarrod is a pleasure to have at the club both on and off the field and we see him as a leader who can help take us forward into the future,â€ Canberra Raiders CEO Don Furner said.
â€œHeâ€™s another local junior who has committed to the club long term and his form over the past few seasons makes him a valuable player for us here at the Raiders.
â€œHis record at just 23 years of age of playing close to 150 matches and scoring almost 900 points is remarkable and he has the potential to break all of our clubs records.
â€œThe club congratulates Jarrod on the new deal and we look forward to him continuing his great form for the Raiders over the next few seasons.â€