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Haddin Raiders number one

Canberra Raiders
Friday December 12, 2008

Raiders Coach David Furner and Captain Alan Tongue present Brad Haddin with the Raiders number one season ticket
Raiders Coach David Furner and Captain Alan Tongue present Brad Haddin with the Raiders number one season ticket.

Australian Cricketer Brad Haddin has been named the Canberra Raiders number one season ticket holder for the 2009 season, following a visit by the wicket keeper to Raiders HQ today.

A local boy at heart, Haddin was the Raiders number one ticket holder in 2005, and regains his mantle as the Raiders number one fan for the upcoming 2009 season.

A passionate Raiders fan all of his life Haddin said he was looking forward to watching the Green Machine in 2009, and hoped to be able to play a part in their season at some stage.

“It’s an exciting time to be a part of the Raiders, and watching last years performances and the brand of football they played it was just great to watch,” Haddin said.

“We’ve got a fairly busy schedule with everything at the moment but I’ll be trying to get down to at least a couple of games next year for sure.”

Haddin said he hoped to secure some of his Aussie team mates as Raiders fans, and he’d already added to the Raiders supporter base from within the side.

“Mike Hussey has pledged his allegiance to the Raiders, and he will call me during the season to see how the team is going,” he said. “With the Raiders trying to secure 5000 members I’ll have to get some more of the guys involved too.”

Raiders Captain Alan Tongue said the involvement of high profile sportsmen like Haddin was a boost for the Raiders, and especially since he’s such an avid fan.

“It’s great to have someone involved with a different sporting background, and he’s a local guy who still enjoys the footy and is passionate about the club so it’s great to have him as the number one ticket holder,” Tongue said.

“It’s always great to have support, and for someone who’s been successful in his sport it’s great to have him as a keen follower of the team.”

Raiders Coach David Furner echoed his Captain’s comments, and said the local aspect was also a great way to highlight the sporting talent that has been produced in the region.

“I think it’s fantastic to have someone who’s as successful as Brad and so committed to his sport, it’s a good thing for the Raiders,” Furner said.

“I’ve known Brad for a few years now and he’s definitely a passionate and very loyal Raiders fan and it’s great to have him on board.”

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