Raiders skipper Jarrod Croker is eyeing off a shock round one return from offseason shoulder surgery, which left him bound in a sling for almost two months following the club's preliminary final loss last year. The 30-year-old will meet with his surgeon in early March to assess how far ahead he is of schedule in his recovery, and whether round one's season opener against the Wests Tigers is a viable option. Croker underwent the knife in late October to repair the damaged rotator cuff he'd been playing with during the latter stages of last season. Surgeons were also required to reattach his bicep during the procedure, which usually carries a five-month recovery period. Canberra coaching staff had been hopeful their captain would be set to return as early as round four, but Croker refuses to rule out an earlier comeback.