Jarrod Croker jokes he has finally found the silver lining in his reconstructed shoulder. "I don't wake up nervous this morning like the rest of the boys," the Canberra Raiders co-captain said. Because Croker sat back and watched as the Raiders' senior group returned for day one of their pre-season training block on Monday, joining the club's first to fourth year players on the road to next year's NRL kick off. First on the agenda were a range of strength tests at Raiders headquarters before the players were taken to Stromlo Forest Park for time trials often home to a pre-season spew or two. Among the returning group was co-captain Josh Hodgson, who is targeting a round one return following surgery on his second anterior cruciate ligament tear.