The Canberra Raiders are set to trial two new hookers next season, with halfback Josh McCrone being groomed for a positional switch and the club poised to sign Brisbane Broncos rake Kurt Baptiste.
Off-contract at the end of 2014, McCrone conceded it was one of the most pivotal years of his NRL career. He said he still had a lot to prove if he was to go to hooker, but wasn’t daunted by a move.
Canberra’s other main hooking option, Glen Buttriss, is set to return from a shoulder reconstruction, but the Raiders are also looking to bolster their depth by signing Baptiste to a one-year deal.
A former Junior Kangaroos representative and under-20s hooker of the year in 2011, Baptiste, 22, made his NRL debut for the Broncos that season but was struck out with a shoulder reconstruction.
Baptiste’s manager Simon Mammino said he had received an offer from London Broncos in the English Super League, but his preference was to stay in the NRL.