CANBERRA captain Jarrod Croker says Raiders prop Shannon Boyd will be one of the team’s leaders when he comes back to training after a break following his Four Nations success.
Boyd did not play any representative football before this season, but now he has four Tests for Australia to his credit as well as a game for Country Origin.
The highlight of it all for the 24-year-old was an appearance off the bench for the Aussies in their Four Nations final win over New Zealand at Anfield.
Canberra, which finished one win short of last season’s grand final, this week became one of the last of the NRL clubs to begin pre-season training.
Boyd was missing, of course, he’s having his rest now, but Croker was there and he was talking up Boyd’s potential to become an ever better player next season.
“He played so well over there and for him to get that opportunity and win that game with the Kangaroos, that’s massive, and I’m just really excited for ‘Boydy’ to have a good break now and come back and be one of our leaders,” Croker says.
“He can certainly be a leader now.
“He would have learned a lot playing with and against some world-class players over there, so I’m excited to see what he brings back after Christmas.”