Jarrod Croker of the Raiders during the round 20 NRL match against the Melbourne Storm at GIO Stadium in Canberra.
Jarrod Croker of the Raiders during the round 20 NRL match against the Melbourne Storm at GIO Stadium in Canberra. MICK TSIKAS

Title dream prompts Croker to re-sign with Raiders

IT WON'T be this year but Jarrod Croker believes the current Canberra Raiders squad can push for a premiership.

And it's that faith that has prompted the 26-year-old goal-kicking centre to extend his contract with the Raiders until the end of the 2020 season.

"To be able to lead this club it's one thing but to lead them to a premiership is at the top of my list," he said.

"We've got the squad here to push for that."

Croker has joined Joey Leilua, Jordan Rapana and Jack Wighton in inking new deals this season.

"We could have easily fallen out of the back door," Croker said. "We've had a lot of tough losses and we could have easily fallen away but with the culture and the club we have here we've stuck it out."

Croker declared he wanted to be a Raider for life.

"Ever since I put on the green jersey in under-15s I never wanted to put on another one," he said.

Croker's signature is a boost for Canberra ahead of its must-win clash with the Warriors in Auckland on Sunday.

"We're still here in round 23 and we're still fighting," Croker said.

The Warriors have come under heavy scrutiny after losing their past five matches, while the Raiders have strung back-to-back wins together.

News Corp Australia

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