Croker nine points away from history
Jarrod Croker is on the cusp of Raiders’ history as he aims to overtake David Furner as the club all-time leading point scorer.
At only 25 years of age, the Raiders captain needs only nine points to overtake Furner’s tally of 1,218 points.
Making his debut for the Raiders in round two 2009, Croker has since become a mainstay of the Raiders. Over 172 career games Croker has kicked at 81%, whilst also scoring 85 tries to go along with his prolific kicking.
Head Coach Ricky Stuart was full of praise for the Croker’s ability and consistency and hoped that he passed the milestone against the Panthers this weekend.
“Well I hope he does [overtake Furner’s tally this weekend]. It means we are scoring points,” said Stuart. “For him to be able to reach this milestone at this stage of his career is a wonderful achievement.”
“[Croker is] very diligent and professional the way he practices his trade. You see him some days kicking goals and you tend to expect it from Jarrod but it’s a tough job.
"He’s kicking goals from the sidelines, he’s very consistent at it, it’s wonderful to have as a coach because he’s pushing more four-pointers into six-pointers than not.”
After eight rounds into the 2016 NRL season, Croker is the top point scorer in the competition with 82 points, averaging a shade over 10 points a game. With only nine points needed against the Panthers to secure the record, Croker is a strong chance to become the Raiders all-time leading point scorer on Saturday.
Croker will be hoping for a repeat of the Raiders round one game against the Panthers, on both a personal and team level. On that day the Raiders came away with a gritty win and Croker nailed five goals for a 10 point haul.
Make sure you watch the game against the Panthers this Saturday at 3pm to see Croker attempt to create Raiders history.