The Canberra Raiders are on track to reach their total of 8000 members for the 2011 season, passing through the 5000 member mark with 40 days until the first home game of the new season.

The Raiders are currently sitting on 5,388 members which is a 1,357 (up from 4,031) member increase from the same time as last year.

With 40 days left in the membership campaign the Raiders are hoping to hit the 8000 mark before kick-off and are encouraging all of their passionate fans to either renew their membership or sign up as a new member before kick-off on March 13.

Raiders Co-Captain Terry Campese said the team was excited about having a potential 8000 strong membership base and said he hoped all fans were getting excited about the season ahead.

“Two years ago we were trying to reach 5000 members and now we’re looking at getting 8000, so you can see how important membership of the team is becoming to fans,” Campese said. “After the way we finished last year I hope we can reach 8000 members this year as there’s plenty of exciting young talent developing and we’ve signed some key new players in Brett White, Blake Ferguson and Matt Orford.”

Membership is about belonging and the Raiders are encouraging more people to sign up and secure their seat for 2011. There are options for all types of member including ticketed and non-ticketed and the simplest way to join is by visiting www.raiders.com.au/membership