Whether Jarrod Croker plays rep footy or not, he'll still be one of the Canberra Raiders' greatest ever players in Mal Meninga's eyes.
That says it all. Given Meninga's one of the Raiders' greatest ever players.
Croker is on track to break every Green Machine record - the ones he hasn't already - but is yet to crack his State of Origin debut.
With 246 NRL games under his belt, the 28-year-old already holds the Raiders all-time point-scoring record, he broke their try-scoring record on Sunday, he's the youngest player ever to score 1900 points and could challenge for Cameron Smith's NRL point-scoring record.
And that's just before breakfast.
He's come close to cracking a jersey for NSW, but never quite got the call-up. Meninga said it wouldn't matter if he didn't.
"No, not in my opinion. He's been a great player," he said.
"To play one game in the NRL you've got to be talented. To do what he's doing at the moment that's extreme talent.
"He's just been unfortunate with the rep stuff, but what a great player he has been for the club.
"He'll go down in the Raiders' history as one of the greatest players."
Croker will have Meninga's name embroidered on his chest when the Raiders take on Wests Tigers at Canberra Stadium on Saturday.
It's something Meninga didn't know until The Canberra Times contacted him.
"It makes you feel proud that we are the history of the club, once played for the club," he said. "That's a nice touch and very much appreciated."
NRL ROUND 18
Saturday: Canberra Raiders v Wests Tigers at Canberra Stadium, 5.30pm.
Raiders squad: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, 2. Bailey Simonsson, 3. Jarrod Croker (c), 4. Michael Oldfield, 5. Jordan Rapana, 6. Jack Wighton, 7. Aidan Sezer, 8. Josh Papalii, 9. Josh Hodgson (c), 10. Dunamis Lui, 11. John Bateman, 12. Elliott Whitehead, 13. Joe Tapine. Interchange: 14. Siliva Havili, 15. Corey Horsburgh, 16. Sia Soliola, 17. Emre Guler. Reserves: 18. Sam Williams, 21. JJ Collins.
Tigers squad: 3. Moses Mbye, 2. Paul Momirovski, 17. Michael Chee-Kam, 4. Esan Marsters, 5. David Nofoaluma, 6. Benji Marshall, 7. Luke Brooks, 8. Josh Aloiai, 9. Robbie Farah, 10. Alex Twal, 11. Ryan Matterson, 12. Chris Lawrence, 13. Matt Eisenhuth. Interchange: 14. Jacob Liddle, 15. Thomas Mikaele, 16. Elijah Taylor, 20. Luke Garner. Reserves: 18. Tommy Talau, 19. Chris McQueen.