The Green Machine has a new captain in 2015.
The Canberra Raiders rugby league club is not short on a proud history. In particular, its list of captains includes some of the most famous names in the game’s history—including the likes of Dean Lance, Mal Meninga, Ricky Stuart and Laurie Daley.
In 2015 the Canberra Raiders will add a new name to this prestigious list in the form of the point-scoring sensation Jarrod Croker.
Croker has co-captained the side in several games, but the step-up to the permanent, sole leader of the club will mark an illustrious challenge for the goal-kicking centre.
It would be disrespectful not to mention the fantastic service of the club’s previous captain, Terry Campese. The five-eighth was tenacious, competitive and inspirational. But a career marred by repetitive injuries meant Campese could never reach the heights he was capable of. It was unfortunate he was unable to end his NRL career on his terms—instead having to accept a Super League contract in the off-season.
But Campese’s legacy will remain; his competitive spirit is there for all to see in Croker.
Croker has been one of the most consistent performers for the Raiders over the last few seasons. He is regularly among the competition’s top point-scorers, finishing first on that list in 2012. His appointment as captain is deserving, and a very sound decision by coach Ricky Stuart.
Croker’s greatest hurdle in his new role will simply be that—combined with the pressure of the goal-kicking duties—he will have too much to focus on. But some players thrive with extra responsibility, and Croker has been maturing more with each passing season. All signs point to him relishing the challenge and, with any luck, leading the Canberra Raiders into a prosperous 2015.
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