|Croker in 2012|
11 September 1990 |
Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||184 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||93 kg (14 st 9 lb)|
Jarrod Croker (born 11 September 1990) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer for the Canberra Raiders of the National Rugby League (NRL). A goal-kicking centre, he has played his entire career to date with the Raiders, with whom he became the 2012 NRL season's top point-scorer.
Hailing from Goulburn, New South Wales, Croker played for the Goulburn Stockmen club as a junior. He played for the New South Wales Schoolboys and Australian Schoolboys representative teams in 2007 before being selected for the New South Wales Under-18s in 2008. Croker was part of the Canberra team that won the inaugural National Youth Competition (Toyota Cup) in 2008.
Croker broke into Canberra's first-grade side in 2009, making his debut in Round 2 against the Sydney Roosters, and went on to make 21 appearances in his rookie season. He was again a regular in Canberra's 2010 side, making 25 appearances as Canberra finished 7th and made the NRL finals. However, it was a missed penalty goal from Croker that ended the Raiders' 2010 season. In a sudden-death finals match against the Wests Tigers, in front of a home crowd of 26,476, he pushed wide a 30-metre kick that would have tied the match at 26–26. Canberra's coach David Furner—himself a former Raiders goalkicker—defended Croker, arguing his goalkicking form had won a number of matches for the team during the season. Days later, Croker was selected for Australia's train-on squad for the Four Nations tournament.
Croker was the NRL's leading points scorer in 2012 with a total of 226 points.
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