JavaScript disabled. Please enable JavaScript to use My News, My Clippings, My Comments and user settings.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

Canberra Raiders halfback Josh McCrone shopped to the Melbourne Storm

Josh McCrone's Raiders future is unclear.

Josh McCrone's Raiders future is unclear. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

Off-contract Raiders halfback Josh McCrone has been shopped to the Melbourne Storm despite Canberra facing the prospect of missing out on the signature of Michael Ennis.

Ennis and his wife toured Raiders headquarters on Monday, but the Bulldogs dummy-half is leaning towards the Sharks. 

Ennis and his family live in the Sutherland Shire and staying in Sydney will allow the 30-year-old to continue his commentary work with Fox Sports. 

The Raiders are still in negotiations with Penrith winger Josh Mansour and remain optimistic he will follow Tigers fullback James Tedesco to the national capital. 

McCrone's name has been raised to the Storm as a possible option for next season in the halves alongside Test and Origin star Cooper Cronk.

However, the Storm hasn't decided whether it will pursue McCrone or go in another direction.

The Storm may also not be able to afford McCrone's asking price after it recently re-signed back-rower Kevin Proctor alongside its big three of Cronk, Cameron Smith and Billy Slater.

McCrone would be the perfect foil in the No.6 jersey, something the Storm hasn't had since the departure of Gareth Widdop to the Dragons at the end of last season.

Journeyman Ben Roberts has been named at five-eighth for this weekend's game with the North Queensland Cowboys.

McCrone's experience of more than 100 NRL games would also come in handy for the Storm during the representative period when it is traditionally one of the clubs most affected.

McCrone has a family link with the Storm, with brother-in-law and former Raider Ryan Hinchcliffe a regular in its first-grade side.

The Raiders are keen to retain McCrone, but it's uncertain what role he would play next year.

The 27-year-old started the season at hooker, but has recently reverted back to the halves after the Raiders shifted Jack Wighton from five-eighth and back to the centres.

Exciting youngster Mitch Cornish is going to push for the starting halfback position next season after an impressive 15-minute cameo off the bench in his NRL debut in last weekend's 42-12 thrashing of the North Queensland Cowboys.

Raiders captain and five-eighth Terry Campese is contracted with the Raiders until the end of 2015.

Tedesco will join the Raiders next season on a three-year deal reported to be worth $1.9 million as a replacement for Brisbane Broncos-bound Anthony Milford.

The Raiders remain in the running for Mansour and hope to have an answer back from him by the end of the week.

They are also still finalising details on a deal for St George Illawarra Dragons second-rower Joel Thompson, who is keen to return to Canberra for personal reasons.

Thompson left the Raiders at the end of last season, but would be a valuable addition to the forward pack.

The Raiders won't be renewing the contract of international prop Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, who is still discussing a move to a rival club before the June 30 deadline.

McCrone has played every game for the Raiders for the past two seasons and has been one of the team's most consistent performers during that time.

He made his representative debut for Country last year and retained his spot as the replacement dummy-half for this year's game against City.

2 comments so far

  • The most consistent player for the Raiders in the last 2 years.........if I was Ricky I'd be trying to convince Campo to go elsewhere

    Commenter
    Don
    Location
    Canberra
    Date and time
    May 31, 2014, 7:37AM
    • McCrone needs to be retained. He may not be the most naturally-gifted player in the NRL, but he has stuck solid and never let the Raiders down. By all means sign new talent, but don't throw the baby out with the bath water. If nothing else McCrone is a better dummy half than Buttriss.

      Commenter
      Brisraider
      Location
      Queensland
      Date and time
      May 31, 2014, 12:53PM

      Make a comment

      You are logged in as [Logout]

      All information entered below may be published.

      Error: Please enter your screen name.

      Error: Your Screen Name must be less than 255 characters.

      Error: Your Location must be less than 255 characters.

      Error: Please enter your comment.

      Error: Your Message must be less than 300 words.

      Post to

      You need to have read and accepted the Conditions of Use.

      Thank you

      Your comment has been submitted for approval.

      Comments are moderated and are generally published if they are on-topic and not abusive.

      NRL Season 2014

      Round 1
      Thu, 06 MarTimes shown AEDT
      SOU 28 vs SYD 8 Report Stats
      Fri, 07 MarTimes shown AEDT
      BUL 12 vs BRI 18 Stats
      Sat, 08 MarTimes shown AEDT
      PEN 30 vs NEW 8 Report Stats
      MAN 22 vs MEL 23 Report Stats
      NQL 28 vs CAN 22 Report Stats
      Sun, 09 MarTimes shown AEDT
      STG 44 vs WES 24 Report Stats
      PAR 36 vs NZW 16 Report Stats
      Mon, 10 MarTimes shown AEDT
      CRO 12 vs GCT 18 Report Stats
      View All Fixtures
      Round 2
      Fri, 14 MarTimes shown AEDT
      MAN 14 vs SOU 12 Report Stats
      BRI 16 vs NQL 12 Report Stats
      Sat, 15 MarTimes shown AEDT
      NZW 12 vs STG 31 Report Stats
      MEL 18 vs PEN 17 Report Stats
      SYD 56 vs PAR 4 Report Stats
      Sun, 16 MarTimes shown AEDT
      GCT 12 vs WES 42 Report Stats
      NEW 20 vs CAN 26 Report Stats
      Mon, 17 MarTimes shown AEDT
      BUL 42 vs CRO 4 Report Stats
      View All Fixtures
      Round 3
      Fri, 21 MarTimes shown AEDT
      WES 25 vs SOU 16 Report Stats
      BRI 26 vs SYD 30 Report Stats
      Sat, 22 MarTimes shown AEDT
      PEN 18 vs BUL 16 Report Stats
      CRO 12 vs STG 14 Report Stats
      NQL 16 vs NZW 20 Report Stats
      Sun, 23 MarTimes shown AEDT
      MAN 22 vs PAR 18 Report Stats
      CAN 12 vs GCT 24 Stats
      Mon, 24 MarTimes shown AEDT
      MEL 28 vs NEW 20 Report Stats
      View All Fixtures
      Round 4
      Fri, 28 MarTimes shown AEDT
      SYD vs MAN 8 Report Stats
      STG 20 vs BRI 36 Report Stats
      Sat, 29 MarTimes shown AEDT
      NZW 42 vs WES 18 Report Stats
      PAR 32 vs PEN 16 Report Stats
      BUL 40 vs MEL 12 Report Stats
      Sun, 30 MarTimes shown AEDT
      SOU 18 vs CAN 30 Report Stats
      NEW 30 vs CRO Report Stats
      Mon, 31 MarTimes shown AEDT
      GCT 13 vs NQL 12 Report Stats
      View All Fixtures
      Round 5
      Fri, 04 AprTimes shown AEDT
      SYD 8 vs BUL 9 Report Stats
      BRI 18 vs PAR 25 Report Stats
      Sat, 05 AprTimes shown AEDT
      CRO 37 vs NZW 6 Report Stats
      PEN 12 vs CAN 6 Report Stats
      STG 6 vs SOU 26 Report Stats
      Sun, 06 AprTimes shown AEST
      MEL 26 vs GCT 28 Report Stats
      WES 34 vs MAN 18 Report Stats
      Mon, 07 AprTimes shown AEST
      NQL 28 vs NEW 2 Report Stats
      View All Fixtures
      Round 6
      Fri, 11 AprTimes shown AEST
      PEN 2 vs SOU 18 Report Stats
      GCT 12 vs BRI 8 Report Stats
      Sat, 12 AprTimes shown AEST
      CAN 12 vs NEW 26 Report Stats
      PAR 14 vs SYD 12 Report Stats
      WES 16 vs NQL 4 Report Stats
      Sun, 13 AprTimes shown AEST
      NZW 20 vs BUL 21 Report Stats
      MAN 24 vs CRO 4 Report Stats
      Mon, 14 AprTimes shown AEST
      MEL 28 vs STG 24 Report Stats
      View All Fixtures
      Round 7
      Fri, 18 AprTimes shown AEST
      SOU 14 vs BUL 15 Report Stats
      NEW 6 vs BRI 32 Report Stats
      MAN 26 vs NQL 21 Report Stats
      Sat, 19 AprTimes shown AEST
      STG 20 vs NZW 10 Report Stats
      CRO 18 vs SYD 24 Report Stats
      Sun, 20 AprTimes shown AEST
      CAN 24 vs MEL 22 Report Stats
      Mon, 21 AprTimes shown AEST
      PAR 18 vs WES 21 Report Stats
      PEN 14 vs GCT 12 Report Stats
      View All Fixtures
      Round 8
      Fri, 25 AprTimes shown AEST
      STG 14 vs SYD 34 Report Stats
      MEL 10 vs NZW 16 Report Stats
      BRI 26 vs SOU 28 Report Stats
      Sat, 26 AprTimes shown AEST
      CRO 24 vs PEN 20 Report Stats
      NQL 42 vs PAR 14 Report Stats
      BUL 16 vs NEW 12 Report Stats
      Sun, 27 AprTimes shown AEST
      MAN 54 vs CAN 18 Report Report Stats
      WES 6 vs GCT 22 Report Stats
      View All Fixtures
      Round 9
      Fri, 09 MayTimes shown AEST
      SYD 30 vs WES 6 Report Stats
      NQL 27 vs BRI 14 Report Stats
      Sat, 10 MayTimes shown AEST
      NZW 54 vs CAN 12 Report Stats
      GCT 18 vs SOU 40 Report Stats
      MEL 22 vs MAN 19 Report Stats
      Sun, 11 MayTimes shown AEST
      NEW 10 vs PEN 32 Report Stats
      STG 6 vs BUL 38 Report Stats
      Mon, 12 MayTimes shown AEST
      PAR 42 vs CRO 24 Report Stats
      View All Fixtures
      Round 10
      Fri, 16 MayTimes shown AEST
      SOU 14 vs MEL 27 Report Stats
      BRI 22 vs GCT 8 Report Stats
      Sat, 17 MayTimes shown AEST
      PAR 36 vs STG Report Stats
      CRO 20 vs WES 22 Report Stats
      NQL 42 vs SYD 10 Report Stats
      Sun, 18 MayTimes shown AEST
      CAN 20 vs PEN 26 Report Stats
      BUL 16 vs NZW 12 Report Stats
      Mon, 19 MayTimes shown AEST
      MAN 15 vs NEW 14 Report Stats
      View All Fixtures
      Round 11
      Fri, 23 MayTimes shown AEST
      BUL 12 vs SYD 32 Report Stats
      Sat, 24 MayTimes shown AEST
      GCT 16 vs NZW 24 Report Stats
      WES 14 vs BRI 16 Report Stats
      Sun, 25 MayTimes shown AEST
      CAN 42 vs NQL 12 Report Stats
      Mon, 26 MayTimes shown AEST
      CRO vs SOU 18 Report Stats
      View All Fixtures
      Round 12
      Fri, 30 MayTimes shown AEST
      PEN 38 vs PAR 12 Report Stats
      Sat, 31 MayTimes shown AEST
      SYD 26 vs CAN 12 Report Stats
      NQL 22 vs MEL Report Stats
      Sun, 01 JunTimes shown AEST
      NZW 38 vs NEW 18 Report Stats
      BRI 36 vs MAN 10 Report Stats
      Mon, 02 JunTimes shown AEST
      SOU 29 vs STG 10 Report Stats
      View All Fixtures
      Round 13
      Fri, 06 JunTimes shown AEST
      MAN 32 vs BUL 10 Report Stats
      PAR 18 vs NQL 16 Report Stats
      Sat, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
      GCT 14 vs PEN 36 Report Stats
      STG 30 vs CRO Report Stats
      SOU 34 vs NZW 18 Report Stats
      Sun, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
      NEW 20 vs WES 23 Report Stats
      MEL 12 vs SYD 32 Report Stats
      Mon, 09 JunTimes shown AEST
      CAN 4 vs BRI 28 Stats
      View All Fixtures
      Round 14
      Fri, 13 JunTimes shown AEST
      SOU 32 vs WES 10 Report Stats
      Sat, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
      PEN 18 vs STG 14 Report Stats
      SYD 29 vs NEW 12 Report Stats
      Sun, 15 JunTimes shown AEST
      BUL 12 vs PAR 22 Report Stats
      Mon, 16 JunTimes shown AEST
      GCT 20 vs MEL 24 Report Stats
      View All Fixtures
      Round 15
      Fri, 20 JunTimes shown AEST
      CAN 14 vs BUL 22 Report Stats
      Sat, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
      NZW 19 vs BRI 10 Report Stats
      CRO vs MAN 26 Report Stats
      Sun, 22 JunTimes shown AEST
      MEL 46 vs PAR 20 Report Stats
      GCT 18 vs STG 19 Report Stats
      Mon, 23 JunTimes shown AEST
      NEW 36 vs NQL 28 Report Stats
      View All Fixtures
      Round 16
      Fri, 27 JunTimes shown AEST
      MAN 24 vs SYD 16 Report Stats
      BRI 22 vs CRO 24 Report Stats
      Sat, 28 JunTimes shown AEST
      WES 19 vs CAN 18 Report Report Stats
      NQL 20 vs SOU 18 Report Stats
      Sun, 29 JunTimes shown AEST
      NZW 30 vs PEN 20 Report Stats
      PAR 10 vs NEW 16 Report Stats
      Mon, 30 JunTimes shown AEST
      STG 24 vs MEL 12 Report Stats
      View All Fixtures
      Round 17
      Fri, 04 JulTimes shown AEST
      BUL 23 vs MAN 16 Report Stats
      Sat, 05 JulTimes shown AEST
      STG 27 vs NQL 24 Report Stats
      SYD 28 vs CRO 30 Report Stats
      Sun, 06 JulTimes shown AEST
      WES 10 vs PEN 26 Report Stats
      Mon, 07 JulTimes shown AEST
      SOU 10 vs GCT 14 Report Stats
      View All Fixtures
      Round 18
      Fri, 11 JulTimes shown AEST
      MAN 40 vs WES 8 Report Stats
      Sat, 12 JulTimes shown AEST
      NZW 48 vs PAR Report Stats
      MEL 4 vs BUL 6 Report Stats
      Sun, 13 JulTimes shown AEST
      GCT 20 vs CAN 36 Report Stats
      CRO 18 vs NEW 31 Report Stats
      Mon, 14 JulTimes shown AEST
      PEN 35 vs BRI 34 Report Stats
      View All Fixtures
      Round 19
      Fri, 18 JulTimes shown AEST
      CRO 18 vs NQL 36 Report Stats
      PAR 12 vs SOU 32 Report Stats
      Sat, 19 JulTimes shown AEST
      SYD 32 vs PEN 12 Report Stats
      MEL 28 vs CAN 14 Report Stats
      BRI 28 vs NZW 22 Report Stats
      Sun, 20 JulTimes shown AEST
      NEW 8 vs GCT 22 Report Stats
      WES 46 vs BUL 18 Report Stats
      Mon, 21 JulTimes shown AEST
      STG 12 vs MAN 21 Report Stats
      View All Fixtures
      Round 20
      Fri, 25 JulTimes shown AEST
      NEW 16 vs SYD 12 Report Stats
      BRI 8 vs MEL 30 Stats
      Sat, 26 JulTimes shown AEST
      PEN 16 vs CRO 18 Report Stats
      GCT 18 vs PAR 24 Stats
      BUL 12 vs NQL 20 Report Stats
      Sun, 27 JulTimes shown AEST
      NZW 12 vs MAN 22 Report Stats
      WES 12 vs STG 28 Stats
      Mon, 28 JulTimes shown AEST
      CAN 18 vs SOU 34 Stats
      View All Fixtures
      Round 21
      Fri, 01 AugTimes shown AEST
      MAN 16 vs BRI 4 Report Stats
      BUL 16 vs PEN 22 Stats
      Sat, 02 AugTimes shown AEST
      CRO 12 vs PAR 32 Report Stats
      NQL 28 vs GCT 8 Stats
      SYD 30 vs STG 22 Stats
      Sun, 03 AugTimes shown AEST
      CAN 18 vs NZW 54 Stats
      SOU 50 vs NEW 10 Stats
      Mon, 04 AugTimes shown AEST
      WES 6 vs MEL 28 Stats
      View All Fixtures
      Round 22
      Fri, 08 AugTimes shown AEST
      SOU 23 vs MAN 4 Report Stats
      BRI 41 vs BUL 10 Report Stats
      Sat, 09 AugTimes shown AEST
      NEW 32 vs MEL 30 Report Stats
      NQL 64 vs WES 6 Report Stats
      PAR 18 vs CAN 10 Report Stats
      Sun, 10 AugTimes shown AEST
      NZW 16 vs CRO 12 Report Stats
      STG 4 vs PEN 16 Stats
      Mon, 11 AugTimes shown AEST
      SYD 26 vs GCT 18 Report Stats
      View All Fixtures
      Round 23
      Thu, 14 AugTimes shown AEST
      SOU 42 vs BRI 16 Report Stats
      Fri, 15 AugTimes shown AEST
      PAR 16 vs BUL 18 Report Stats
      Sat, 16 AugTimes shown AEST
      CAN 16 vs STG 34 Report Stats
      MEL 48 vs CRO 6 Report Stats
      WES 4 vs SYD 48 Report Stats
      Sun, 17 AugTimes shown AEST
      NEW 28 vs NZW 22 Report Stats
      GCT 12 vs MAN 15 Report Stats
      Mon, 18 AugTimes shown AEST
      PEN 23 vs NQL 22 Report Stats
      View All Fixtures
      Round 24
      Thu, 21 AugTimes shown AEST
      BUL 30 vs WES 10 Stats
      Fri, 22 AugTimes shown AEST
      PAR 22 vs MAN 12 Report Stats
      Sat, 23 AugTimes shown AEST
      BRI 48 vs NEW 6 Report Stats
      SOU 10 vs NQL 22 Report Stats
      Sun, 24 AugTimes shown AEST
      NZW 12 vs SYD 46 Report Stats
      CRO 12 vs CAN 22 Stats
      STG 34 vs GCT 6 Stats
      Mon, 25 AugTimes shown AEST
      PEN 10 vs MEL 24 Stats
      View All Fixtures
      Round 25
      Thu, 28 AugTimes shown AEST
      BUL 14 vs SOU 21 Stats
      Fri, 29 AugTimes shown AEST
      BRI 30 vs STG 22 Stats
      Sat, 30 AugTimes shown AEST
      NEW 42 vs PAR 12 Stats
      CAN 27 vs WES 12 Stats
      SYD 24 vs MEL 12 Stats
      Sun, 31 AugTimes shown AEST
      NZW 42 vs GCT Stats
      MAN 26 vs PEN 25 Stats
      Mon, 01 SepTimes shown AEST
      NQL 20 vs CRO 19 Stats
      View All Fixtures
      Round 26
      Thu, 04 SepTimes shown AEST
      SYD 22 vs SOU 18 Stats
      Fri, 05 SepTimes shown AEST
      MEL 22 vs BRI 12 Stats
      Sat, 06 SepTimes shown AEST
      WES 26 vs CRO 10 Report Stats
      CAN 33 vs PAR 20 Stats
      NQL 30 vs MAN 16 Report Stats
      Sun, 07 SepTimes shown AEST
      NEW 40 vs STG 10 Report Stats
      GCT 19 vs BUL 18 Report Stats
      PEN 22 vs NZW 6 Stats
      View All Fixtures
      Finals Week 1
      Fri, 12 SepTimes shown AEST
      MAN 24 vs SOU 40 Report Stats
      Sat, 13 SepTimes shown AEST
      SYD 18 vs PEN 19 Report Stats
      NQL 32 vs BRI 20 Report Stats
      Sun, 14 SepTimes shown AEST
      MEL 4 vs BUL 28 Report Stats
      View All Fixtures
      Finals Week 2
      Fri, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
      SYD 31 vs NQL 30 Report Stats
      Sat, 20 SepTimes shown AEST
      MAN 17 vs BUL 18 Report Stats
      View All Fixtures
      Preliminary Finals
      Fri, 26 SepTimes shown AEST
      SOU 32 vs SYD 22 Report Stats
      Sat, 27 SepTimes shown AEST
      PEN 12 vs BUL 18 Report Stats
      View All Fixtures
      Grand Final
      Sun, 05 OctTimes shown AEDT
      SOU 30 vs BUL 6 Report Stats
      View All Fixtures
      NRL Premiership - 2014 Ladder
      Overall standings
      Team P W L D +/- Pts
      Sydney Roosters 24 16 8 0 230 36
      Manly 24 16 8 0 103 36
      South Sydney 24 15 9 0 224 34
      Penrith 24 15 9 0 80 34
      North Queensland 24 14 10 0 190 32
      Melbourne 24 14 10 0 76 32
      Canterbury-Bankstown 24 13 11 0 7 30
      Brisbane 24 12 12 0 93 28
      View all
       
      Featured advertisers