Eyeing a quick return: Terry Campese. Photo: Jay Cronan
Raiders centre Jarrod Croker is backing dumped captain Terry Campese "to get his confidence" back and prove his NRL career is far from over.
Campese has been dropped from the Raiders and will play NSW Cup for Mounties against the Penrith Panthers at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday.
Croker, who co-captains the Raiders with halfback Josh McCrone against the Cronulla Sharks on Sunday, said Campese has the character to fight his way back into the NRL.
"We all know what sort of bloke Campo is," Croker said. "He's not going to sit down with his head between his knees and sulk.
"He'll go out there and play his game and get his confidence back, which I know he can.
"I've got faith in him. I hope he goes out there and plays his best footy."
Campese is contracted with the Raiders next year after the club denied him an early release to accept an offer with English Super League club Hull.
Croker captained the Raiders at this year's Auckland Nines and was a part of the club's premiership-winning NYC team in 2008.
The 23-year-old Goulburn product has already played an impressive 137 games for the Raiders and this year was 18th man for the victorious NSW Blues in game three of the State of Origin series.
Croker is off contract at the end of next year, but said there were plenty of reasons he wanted to extend his deal with the Raiders. There is speculation the Raiders have tabled a three-year deal.
"I think we've got a good, young squad and we've bought a few next year and I enjoy working with the coaching staff," Croker said.
"I've got faith in everything. I enjoy playing here and I love the place, so there's no reason why I wouldn't want to sit down and look at my future."