HIS team boasts plenty of boys from the bush, and Canberra Raiders co-captain Jarrod Croker hopes they will spread the NRL gospel in the country by playing games in Wagga Wagga long term.
The Raiders are penciled in for premiership fixtures in the city this year and in 2020, beginning with a landmark clash against Penrith Panthers a Equex Centre on May 4.
But Croker has his fingers crossed it will extend further, and emulate the Panther's long-term commitment to taking games to Bathurst each season.
"I'd love to take a game out here every year to Wagga," Croker said.
"We've got the facility (to help develop Riverina talent) going up in Canberra, and it's going to be vital for kids from Wagga and those areas.
"We're full of country boys, a lot of boys are from this (Riverina) area and Goulburn, Cooma and Orange.
"It's massive to get out into the country and promote the game."
Avid racehorse owner Croker was in town on Monday to promote the match, scheduled for the day after the Wagga Gold Cup Racing Carnival on Thursday, May 2 and Friday, May 3.
"I think everyone should be ringing the boss, getting Thursday and Friday off and getting out here," Croker said.
"I've been to the Wagga Cup a few times and really enjoyed myself."