We’ve picked our fullback and now it’s time for us to take a look at the wingers for the Raiders Greatest Team in the National Youth Competition.
Contenders: James Stuart, Sami Sauiluma, Justin Carney, Daniel Vidot, Edrick Lee, Drury Low, Nick Cotric
Molyneux - “Edrick Lee is tall, quick and smart. He also played a bit of backrow but as a winger he was very dangerous. Cotric is probably a class above any other winger in that list to be honest.”
Hamilton – “I’ve gone with Justin Carney and Nick Cotric. Cotric has a great combination of power and speed which helps him find the try line. Carney’s game is full of power and he is a proven try scorer.
Mulholland - “On the wings, I’ve picked Nick Cotric based wholly and solely on that form last year. It was amazing. Edrick Lee has been a consistent footballer throughout the Under 20s and in the NRL at different stages.”
21 appearances, 2016
Despite being only 17 years of age when he played his sole season for the Raiders Under 20’s side, Cotric made such an impact in the competition that he was impossible to leave out of this side.
After being named in the 2016 NYC Team of the Year, Cotric claimed a First Grade position for the 2017 season and played every game. As a result of his performances, Cotric was named NRL Rookie of the Year.
At only 19 years of age, Cotric would still be eligible for the now defunct NYC.
32 appearances, 2011-2013
As one of the tallest wingers in the NRL, Edrick Lee started his career for the Raiders NYC side playing in the centres, backrow and on the wing.
Lee ended up playing 70 NRL matches for the Raiders between 2012 and 2016 and was around the fringes of the Queensland State of Origin squad during the end of his stint with the club.
In 2015, Lee was named as 18th man for the third State of Origin match and played on the wing for the Indigenous All Stars in 2016.
Lee moved to the Cronulla Sharks for the beginning of the 2017 season.
Canberra Raiders Greatest NYC Team
1. Josh Dugan
2. Edrick Lee
5. Nick Cotric
Tomorrow we’ll complete our outside backs by picking two centres for the side.
Barry Molyneux was the Raiders NYC long-serving team manager.
David Hamilton oversaw junior development at the Raiders from before the NYC’s inception in 2008 until 2015.
Peter Mulholland is the Raiders current Recruitment and High Performance manager, having taken over the role after Hamilton’s departure.