The Canberra Raiders have announced that club stalwart and Captain Alan Tongue is retiring at the end of the season:
Alan arrived in Canberra from Tamworth at the end of 1998 on a Scholarship with the Raiders after attending Farrer Agricultural High School where he played his junior rugby league.
He made his first grade debut in 2000 against the Brisbane Broncos at ANZ Stadium in Brisbane, a game and went on to win the Raiders rookie of the year award that season.
He’s since gone on to play 217 NRL games with the Raiders and will line up for his 218th match this weekend against the Titans.
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Alan picked up the Raiders Player of the year award in 2006 and in 2008 walked away with the Dally M Awards for Lock of the year and Captain of the year.
He was named Captain of the Raiders at the beginning of the 2007 season and has been at the helm for the past five years.