The Canberra Raiders have continued to set new records this season in regards to club membership, surging past 7000 members for the first time in club history with two weeks to go before their season opener.

As of this morning the Raiders have 7142 members for the 2011 season and are expecting a busy two weeks ahead of the first game of the season against the Sharks on Sunday March 13.

Raiders CEO Don Furner said the increase in member numbers was an indicator of how strong support is for the Raiders and said he looked forward to seeing a huge crowd against the Sharks in round one.

“It’s an exciting time for the club and to have reached 7000 members with a couple of weeks to go it shows we’re still on track to reach our target of 8000,” Furner said. “If we can reach 8000 by kick-off we should see a massive crowd at Canberra Stadium on March 13 against the Sharks which would be a great way to start the season.”

Raiders memberships are on sale through the club website at www.raiders.com.au or by calling Raiders HQ on (02) 6253 3515