David Shillington looks ahead for the 2013 Canberra Raiders season in the NRL.
A relaxed David Shillington has a lot to smile about as he previews the Canberra Raiders ahead of the 2013 NRL season.
Shillington has praised the Raiders fans he says are ‘the toughest fans’ for braving the cold Canberra conditions and believes they will have plenty to cheer about in 2013.
Leading into the season with Terry Campese battling a knee injury would usually cause nightmares for Raiders fans but for the first season in years they can rest easy.
After Campese was ruled out of the 2012 season following yet another season-ending injury the youthful halves pairing of Mitch Cornish and Tony Milford stepped up to the plate and carried the Raiders into the finals.
Raiders coach David Furner will have a selection headache when he attempts to fit Campese back into the team with the young players performing so well.
Unlike the Sydney Roosters or the Cronulla Sharks the Raiders have had a quiet off-season with player contracts. The Raiders are having a boom of young players come through the Holden Cup adding an extreme depth of players at the clubs disposal.
The ‘Green Machine’ will be looking for a finals appearance repeat in 2013 and as long os their young players keep performing well, it would be hard to see them finishing outside the top 8.
fanatix 2013 NRL ladder prediction: 6th
Watch David Shillington’s prediction video below: