Josh McCrone

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Josh McCrone
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Personal information
Full name Joshua McCrone
Born (1987-04-12) 12 April 1987 (age 29)
Temora, New South Wales, Australia
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 89 kg (14 st 0 lb)
Playing information
Position Halfback, Five-eighth, Hooker
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2009–15 Canberra Raiders 133 34 0 1 137
2016– St. George Illawarra Dragons 7 0 0 0 0
Total 140 34 0 1 137
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2012–14 Country Origin 3 1 0 0 4
Source: [1]

Josh McCrone (born 12 April 1987) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the St. George Illawarra Dragons in the National Rugby League. He plays as a halfback, five-eighth and hooker and previously played for the Canberra Raiders.

Early and personal life[edit]

McCrone was born in Temora, New South Wales. He played his junior football for the Temora Dragons and represented the Country Rugby League at a junior level.[2] He is qualified as an electrician.[3]

Early career[edit]

McCrone started his professional career with the Canberra Raiders but failed to break into the first-grade team in two seasons.[4] He was signed by the Penrith Panthers in 2007, following coach Matthew Elliott from Canberra to Penrith, before returning to Canberra at the end of the 2008 season without having appeared in the NRL.[3][5]

First-grade career[edit]

He moved to the Raiders in 2009, making his first NRL appearance in April at Halfback.[6]

McCrone was dropped from the side at the beginning of the 2010 season, relegated to Canberra's feeder club Souths Logan.[7] By the end of the 2010 season, he had returned as the Raiders' regular halfback, forming a combination with five-eighth Terry Campese to lead the team to a six-match winning streak, landing the Raiders in the finals before being knocked out by the Wests Tigers.[8] McCrone re-signed with the Raiders through to the end of the 2012 season.[9]

In the 2011 season, McCrone scored 9 tries and played five-eighth for the majority of the year due to Terry Campese being injured. As a result, the Raiders signed Matt Orford from the English Super League but used rookie Sam Williams instead for most of the year to partner McCrone in the halves.

Relegated to New South Wales Cup for most of 2015, McCrone was named at five-eighth in their 2015 Team of the Year.[10]

On 12 October 2015, McCrone signed a 2-year contract with the St. George Illawarra Dragons starting in 2016.[11]

Representative career[edit]

In 2012, McCrone was brought into the New South Wales Country side for the annual City vs Country Origin match after Danny Buderus was ruled out.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Josh McCrone - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Josh McCrone - Canberra Raiders". Raiders.com.au. Canberra Raiders. Retrieved 17 September 2010. [dead link]
  3. ^ Jancetic, Steve (18 June 2007). "Williams off to Panthers". foxsports.com.au. News Limited. Retrieved 17 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Raiders sign new player deals". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 18 September 2008. Retrieved 17 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "NRL Canberra Raiders name rookie halfback Josh McCrone for first-grade debut". foxsports.com.au. News Limited. 21 April 2009. Retrieved 17 September 2010. 
  6. ^ Blaschke, Ben (10 September 2010). "How McCrone went from zero to hero". nrl.com. National Rugby League. Retrieved 17 September 2010. 
  7. ^ Prichard, Greg (17 September 2010). "McCrone shows he isn't half bad after given regular run". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 17 September 2010. 
  8. ^ Bennie, Mike (7 May 2010). "Canberra Raiders re-sign Josh McCrone through 2012 NRL season". foxsports.com.au. News Limited. Retrieved 17 September 2010. 
  9. ^ "2015 VB NSW Cup Team of the Year". NSWRL. 27 September 2015. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "Dragons sign McCrone & Faifai Loa". Zero Tackle. 12 October 2015. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 

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