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Season Preview - Canberra Raiders
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Ins: Kurt Baptiste (Broncos), Kyle O’Donnell (Panthers), Lagi Setu (Storm).

Outs: Shaun Berrigan (Retired), Sandor Earl (Suspension), Joe Picker (Rabbitohs), Jonathon Reuben (Roosters), Joel Thompson (Dragons), Sam Williams (Dragons).

2013 Record – 13th, 24 points (10 wins, 14 losses).

Stat Rankings:

Attack: =12th, 18.08  ppg

Defence: 14th, 26.00 ppg

Marquee Man: Anthony Milford – Burst onto the scene to win the club’s player of the year award after recording 9 tries from 18 games. A prodigious talent comfortable at fullback and in the halves, Milford will be looking to capitalise on a breakout year and establish himself as one of the elite players in the game.

Under the Spotlight: Ricky Stuart – Much maligned coach who heads to the nation’s capital after a miserable season at Parramatta. Desperately needs to get the playing group onside early, however watch out if an Overhead Projector is seen entering the boardroom.

Draw Analysis: A tough start with 4 of their first 5 games Away. Should finish strong with 5 of their last 7 games at home, and meet only 2 of last year’s Top 8 sides during that period.

Verdict:

Year after year the Green Machine promise the world but deliver an atlas.

Arguably have the best young talent in the competition but keeping them at the club has proven to be a major hurdle with a number of stars departing for various off field indiscretions over the years.

With yet another star player unsettled and talisman Terry Campese running on old legs, it’s hard to get enthused about the Raiders chances in 2014 and they may offer some value to hand coach Ricky Stuart his second successive Wooden Spoon.

 

The Raiders are priced $5.50 with Bookmaker to record the Most Season Losses. 

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