Into his fifth season with the Canberra Raiders, Nick Cotric is set to play his 100th game for the club this Friday night at GIO Stadium.
The winger has experienced many career highlights whilst playing for the green machine, including playing in the 2019 Grand Final and being selected to represent the New South Wales Blues and Australia.
Cotric has been an integral part of the Raiders over the past few years and is stoked to have achieved 100 games at the club he debuted for.
“It means a lot to me to do it (play 100 games) at a club like this where it all started,” Cotric said.
Although it is a big game personally for Cotric, he is determined to not let the occasion get the better of him and stay focused on ending Canberra’s five game losing streak.
“Just want to get the win with the boys. It’s been a tough couple of weeks but hopefully we can work through this and come out the other side," Cotric said.
“We’re just hurting ourselves, you know, we’re just doing those little errors in parts of the game we shouldn’t be doing. If we just fix those things we should be alright.”
In a move to end the streak and bring some more experience and leadership into the side, coach Ricky Stuart has selected Jarrod Croker to make his return to the NRL after nine months out.
Cotric says that having Croker back for the Forever Green Round clash against the Bulldogs will definitely lift the team and praised him for his attitude to coming back from multiple injuries.
“It’s great to have Jarrod back. He’s been working really hard to stay on top of his injuries too,” Cotric said.
“He’s such a big part of this club and good to the boys too. It’s going to mean a lot.”
The Raiders’ clash with Canterbury will be Cotric’s first game against his old club since rejoining the green machine. He admitted there’s been a little back and forth between some of his old teammates ahead of the match but is more focused on stopping their star players.
“They’ve got a bit of strike power out wide, Josh Addo-Carr and a few other players too. I think if we just do our roles right we’ll be fine,” Cotric said.
“There’s plenty on the line for both teams, definitely for us, we just got to get a win on our hands and we’ll do anything we can.”