BY DAN Josh Hodgson signed a new deal this week to stay with the Raiders until the end of 2022. This is unquestionably good news. With all the rumour and innuendo surrounding the Raiders’ roster this off-season it’s good to see some stability being inserted into the side. But apart from keeping the number 2 … More What Josh Hodgson’s Extension Means
BY DAN The Canberra Raiders are over the cap and have to move BJ Leilua. It was a refrain heard around the Rugby League community. Last weekend it was reported by many, including the Canberra Times, as effectively a done deal. Driven out by the salary cap, Leilua would be another sacrifice the Raiders had … More Does Ricky Even Want BJ?
Is the signing of Cooper Cronk a mistake or masterstroke? We take you through both sides of the argument. … More Signing Cooper Cronk – The Cases for and against
BY DAN Ricky Stuart has always struck me as the kind of person who thinks the best way to achieve anything is through hard work. And when that doesn’t work his response to my mind would be to simply work harder. That’s what makes his reported recent attempt to bring notorious former Raider Todd Carney … More Bringing Carney Back
BY DAN AND BEN The NRL released its 2018 draw yesterday. According to Fox Sports the Raiders have earned themselves an ‘easy’ draw. In fact the easiest in the competition. The last time this happened was 2016, which you might remember ended with the Raiders almost making the grand final. This draw has given Raiders … More What Does the Draw Mean?
BY DAN NRL Chief Executive Officer Todd Greenberg has said that competitions salary cap is ‘probably working fine’ after reports emerged the Roosters would sign star halfback Cooper Cronk. Speaking to reporters at NRL HQ, Greenberg outlined how the system was achieving what it had always intended, ensuring that player resources flowed to where they … More Salary Cap is ‘working how it’s meant to probably’: Greenberg
BY DAN If you’re like me you were probably a bit surprised when it was reported that Sam Williams would return to the Raiders for two years. Williams last played for the Raiders in 2016, but was driven out by a tightening salary cap position. Paying for halves depth is not a priority when you’re losing … More Why Sam Williams Is Back
This has been epic, but if you feel like starting with Part 1 and Part 2 you really should. This builds on many of the ideas in those pieces. Also if you’ve read the other parts, and are here again, you are a good person and if you ever meet me in real life I … More Raiders 2017 Review Part 3: The How of 2018
BY DAN Repeated poor performances and atrocious crowds are leading NRL executives to consider removing the competition’s presence from Sydney. After only 28,000 people turned out to Saturday’s preliminary final at Alliance stadium, there is pressure for the NRL to focus its efforts on its more traditional support areas like Townsville, Leeton and Melbourne. One … More NRL to give up on Sydney ‘experiment’
Part 1 of our 2017 Season Review outlined that the Raiders had not met expectations in 2017. Further, they had not even reached their potential win expectation. We continue our Season Review with Part 2 in which we seek to understand what went wrong. FYI – it’s not a happy read. If you need to … More Raiders 2017 Review Part 2: Insidious Ill-Discipline