|Full name||Joshua McCrone|
12 April 1987 |
Temora, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||180 cm (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||89 kg (14 st 0 lb)|
|Position||Halfback, Five-eighth, Hooker|
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
McCrone started his professional career with the Canberra Raiders but failed to break into the first-grade team in two seasons. 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.
He moved to the Raiders in 2009, making his first NRL appearance in April at Halfback.
McCrone was dropped from the side at the beginning of the 2010 season, relegated to Canberra's feeder club Souths Logan. 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. McCrone re-signed with the Raiders through to the end of the 2012 season.
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.
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