CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 12: Lachlan Croker of the Raiders comes from the field injured during the round two NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Sydney Roosters at GIO Stadium on March 12, 2016 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Stefan Postles/Getty Images)

The Manly Sea Eagles have announced the signing of exciting young half Lachlan Croker for 2018 on a one-year deal.

A former NSW U18s and U20s player, the skilful five-eighth/half-back has also represented the Australian U20s team.

Croker made his NRL debut for the Canberra Raiders in the win over the Sydney Roosters at GIO Stadium in round two of the 2016 season.

A player with a great running and kicking game, Croker will be looking to further his NRL career at the Sea Eagles after playing the past two seasons for Mounties in the Intrust Super Premiership.

A Goulburn junior, Croker is the nephew of former Canberra Raiders forward Jason Croker.

Sea Eagles Regional Scout Scott Fulton said Croker offers tremendous utility value.

“Lachlan is a very good player who has come to Manly looking for an opportunity,’’ Fulton said.

“He is a player with plenty of pace who can cover several positions including half, five-eighth, and hooker.”

Manly Sea Eagles 2018 Player Movements

2018 Gains
Lachlan Croker (Canberra Raiders, 2019), Jack Gosiewski (South Sydney Rabbitohs, 2019), Trent Hodkinson (Newcastle Knights, 2019), Toafofoa Sipley (New Zealand Warriors, 2019), Moses Suli (Wests Tigers, 2020), Kelepi Tanginoa (Parramatta Eels, 2021), Joel Thompson (St George Illawarra Dragons, 2019)
2018 Losses
Lewis Brown (retired), Pita Godinet (Wests Tigers), Blake Green (New Zealand Warriors), Brenton Lawrence (retired), Jesse Martin (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Steve Matai (retired), Nate Myles (retired), Brett Stewart (retired)
Manase Fainu (2021), Addin Fonua-Blake (2022), Darcy Lussick (2021), Brad Parker (2019), Jorge Taufua (2019), Frank Winterstein (2019)
Off Contract 2019
Jade Anderson, Lachlan Croker, Cade Cust, Tevita Funa, Jack Gosiewski, Trent Hodkinson, Brad Parker, Lloyd Perrett, Toafofoa Sipley, Jorge Taufua, Joel Thompson, Dylan Walker
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    • I thought Hastings went good in his limited game time, for a good back up who can cover plenty positions, feel he should get the 14 jersey over Lewis brown easily… unless rumours of him being not a team bloke are true

  1. According to Scott Fulton this kid has plenty of pace, a good running and kicking game. That should give him a walk up start in the top grade.

    • So on that “potential “ let’s lock him up just in case someone signs him ! 1 year isn’t long enough , realistically he won’t get a gig in 2018 so let’s Pen a 10 year deal so as we don’t miss out

  2. Would think it means one of Cameron Cullen or Jackson Hastings will be leaving, don’t need 3 back up halves

  3. wheres all the juniors? I recall hearing how your mob were flush with them and there was no need to buy reserve/back up players?

  4. Now yous have 3 back up halves and signed young gun Metcalf from the Sharks, why so many halves? And also I’d like to see Wright at 5/8 beside DCE if Green is leaving, instead of Centre which is the rumour going around.

    • Crowy your not real good at comedy , stick to the boring stuff , Manly is building , there building a side of halves 😂 , we want to be like Easts , instead of forwards on the bench we are opting for halves , besides it’s clear what’s happening, poor DCE has so much to carry on his Lilly widdy shoulders so there lightening the load , why else would you spend a hundred billion dollars on a player only to sign more (in that same position) we don’t want a repeat of 2016 where poor DCE had nothing to play for , this way he does have something to play for ,! 15 minutes a week 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

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