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Getting to know ... Mat Croker

Ahead of the 2020 season, sat down with Mat Croker in an effort to get to know him a little better.

Who am I: Mat Croker

Who is most important to me: My mum and dad. They’ve scarified a lot and I see how hard they work, so I’d say they’re the most important people to me

Greatest off-field achievement:  Probably finishing high school, I never thought I was going to finish, so that would be a big one. To a lot of people, it’s the sort of run of the mill thing but, I’d say finishing high school.

Something you wouldn’t know about me: I come from a Spanish background and I grew up on a dairy farm

I’d be lost without:  My family, my parents, but most of all my siblings. I’m the middle child of five children.

What I love most about living in Newcastle: The company, I’ve got a lot of mates here.

I grew up in: In Nabiac, it’s a little town 30 minutes south of Taree

People would describe me as:  Probably laid back

As a kid my hero was: My old man. He became my hero when I got into my teens.

They were my hero because:  As a male figure, he was a hard-working fella

The last book I read was: Paper Towns

My favourite thing to do in Newcastle is:  Hang with my younger brother or get a feed with the boys, like I said the company’s good

My greatest on field moment: Winning the U20’s Origin last year was a big one. Another one was winning a Grand Final back home, it was my last game there and I won it with a lot of close mates.