McCrone re-signs for Raiders

16 June 2014 23:05:38 GMTPlus10

Canberra Raiders have re-signed playmaker Josh McCrone for the next two seasons, in a significant boost after their recent recruitment failures.

McCrone has agreed to stay with the struggling club, saying he believes good times are ahead under coach Ricky Stuart.

The Raiders had agreed a deal for Wests Tigers ace James Tedesco, and put offers on the table for Storm forward Kevin Proctor and Panthers winger Josh Mansour, only to fail with all three bids. So the re-signing of 27-year-old McCrone until the end of the 2016 season comes as a timely shot in the arm for the club.

Josh has played over 100 NRL matches for the Raiders and is one of the team's most consistent performers.

Don Furner

McCrone said: "I'm pleased to have my future secure here in Canberra and I look forward to building on the new culture that Ricky Stuart has started.

"A number of great players have re-signed so far this year and I believe we have a team who can improve and become a finals contender."

McCrone has played in 118 games for the Raiders and chief executive Don Furner says he is happy to have secured the services of the playmaker.

Furner added: "Josh has played over 100 NRL matches for the Raiders and is one of the team's most consistent performers. He can play in the halves or at hooker and we see his role as an important one for the Raiders over the next two seasons."

Although all his NRL games have come with Canberra, he spent two years with the Panthers in 2007-08 after having failed to break into the first-grade team in his first two years as a professional with the Raiders.

He came back at the end of the 2008 season without having made his Penrith debut, and has since twice played for Country Origin.

Canberra are 1.53 to win their next NRL match against the Bulldogs, who are 2.50. The Raiders are 3.00 with a four-point start.

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