Jarrod Croker has capped off an outstanding year at NRL level, by being named the Canberra Raiders Captain for the 2015 season.
A Goulburn Junior, Croker made his debut for the Raiders in 2009 and has played 140 matches for the club, scoring 892 points in his six seasons in the NRL squad.
The 2014 season was hailed as Croker’s best for the club, culminating when he won the Meninga Medal for the Raiders players’ player for the NRL squad.
Croker said the announcement today was a great honour and he looked forward to taking the opportunity with both hands.
“This tops the list for me in my career so far, I’m extremely proud and honoured to be named Captain of the club,” Croker said. “I’ve been here for six years in first grade and I want to be here for six or more years. I believe the club is growing and heading in the right direction and I want to be a part of that.”
Raiders Coach Ricky Stuart said Croker joins a long line of prestigious Raiders Captains and said he had the utmost confidence in him to handle the role.
“Jarrod joins the likes of Mal Meninga, Dean Lance and Laurie Daley as Captains who have led this great club,” Stuart said. “He will not be alone and he’ll have all of my and the senior playing groups support as he works his way into the role.”
Croker follows a prestigious line of Raiders skippers, including the likes of Mal Meninga, Laurie Daley, Ricky Stuart and inaugural Captain David Grant.
Croker takes over the Captaincy from Terry Campese, who was recently released by the Raiders to take up a deal with Hull KR in the English Super League.
Canberra Raiders Captains
1982: David Grant
1983: Alan McMahon
1984-1985: Ron Giteau
1985-1989: Dean Lance
1989-1994: Mal Meninga
1995-1997: Ricky Stuart
1998-2000: Laurie Daley
2001-2005: Simon Woolford
2006: Clinton Schifcofske
2007-2011: Alan Tongue
2012-2014: Terry Campese
2015: Jarrod Croker