The Canberra Raiders would like to provide their members and supporters with an update to help clarify media reports this week regarding the club.
The club understands that the current on-field results have not been up to the standards and expectations that have been set internally and we’re doing everything we can to make sure that the team performs at the standard they have set over the past few seasons.
The club would also like to take the opportunity to thank its members and supporters for their continued support, with record membership numbers and strong crowds attending matches so far this season. The team is looking forward to playing in front of a sold-out crowd in Wagga Wagga this weekend.
The club can confirm Josh Hodgson has made the decision to stand down as Captain going forward. Hodgson has informed the coaching staff and playing group of his decision and said he will continue to do everything he can to make sure the team is successful moving forward.
“I’ve made the decision to stand down as club Captain and I informed the team of this a couple of weeks ago,” Hodgson said. “I’ve been out injured for the past two games and I’ve been working hard on getting myself back on the training field. I’m confident I’ll be ready to play again when we play the Bulldogs next weekend.
“I can assure everyone that I remain fully committed to the club and I’m looking forward to getting myself back to 100% fitness and helping the team get their season back on track.
“I know internally we’re all working extremely hard to turn things around and the playing group and staff have been fully committed to each other and the club.”
As a result of Hodgson’s decision to stand down as Captain, Elliott Whitehead has been appointed Captain alongside Jarrod Croker.
The Raiders have been working with George Williams and his partner around some issues regarding being separated from family and friends back home in England.
With the global pandemic making it difficult for them to remain connected to family and friends its important that the club focusses on their wellbeing and over the past several weeks they’ve been working with them to identify ways to remain connected.
The Raiders will continue to offer George and his partner all the support they need, and George has confirmed he remains committed to the club.