Josh Hodgson has relinquished the co-captaincy of Canberra amid reports of growing disharmony within the NRL club.
Although the reason is unclear, the England international made the decision to step down from the leadership role he shares with Jarrod Croker.
The 31-year-old Hodgson is considered one of the biggest stars of the club and was handed the role in 2019 alongside Croker.
Hodgson is sidelined with a calf injury and has not played for the past fortnight, after missing most of last season with an ACL injury.
The news comes after reports surfaced that Hodgson, who comes off contract at the end of 2022, is now in the sights of Brisbane to help revive their roster.
Within the past week the Raiders have been dealing with increasing speculation of discontent within the club, with halfback George Williams homesick for England.
The Raiders confirmed they were working with Williams to make him and his pregnant partner as comfortable as possible in Australia.
Joe Tapine’s wife Kirsten raised questions about the harmony within the team after the Raiders’ loss to South Sydney last Thursday when she took to social media to criticise coach Ricky Stuart.
“You have an international player warming your bench for 50 minutes,” she wrote.
“Your interchanges are killing us!!! Refs call count means jak [sic] when coaches are [rubbish bin emoji].”
Tapine has been in and out of the NRL side this season with Stuart saying he has the ability to be the best forward in the game but needs to find form.
The New Zealand representative has again been named on the Raiders bench for their clash with Newcastle in Wagga Wagga on Saturday.