Josh McCrone : Digital Image by Robb Cox ©nrlphotos.com: :NRL Rugby League - Raiders V Dragons at GIO Stadium, Canberra. Saturday March 21st 2015.

Season Review: Josh McCrone

In his last season in Green there were not many opportunities for Josh McCrone, with the competitive Raiders utility spending most of his season playing for Mounties in the NSW cup.

McCrone was given the utility role to start the season for the Raiders, as he came off the bench for the first three matches of the season to cover for new recruit Josh Hodgson at hooker. After a win and two losses to start the season Coach Ricky Stuart decided to promote Kurt Baptiste into this role and McCrone found himself back in the halves for Mounties.

His performances for Mounties saw Coach Steve Antonelli give him the captaincy for the season, with McCrone guiding Mounties to a preliminary final appearance against Newcastle in the NSW Cup.

It wasn’t until round 20 that McCrone had the opportunity to come back into the Raiders team, when he had the chance to play in the halves for Sam Williams, who missed round 19-20 through injury.

Despite a solid showing from McCrone in the round 20 win over the Panthers it was the last time he had the chance to run out for the Raiders, with Williams return in round 21 signalling the end to McCrone’s seven year career with the club.

At the end of the 2015 season McCrone was approached by the Dragons to join them for 2016 and the Raiders released him to allow him the opportunity to further his NRL career.

Josh McCrone played over 100 matches for the Raiders and will be remembered as one of the best competitors of his era, with his efforts during the 2012 season instrumental in guiding the Raiders into week two of the finals.

Statistics:

Matches

Runs

Metres

Tackles

Tries

Try Assists

Tackle Breaks

Offloads

Line Breaks

4

16

97

68

1