Club says is it not deterred by another big name not signing with the club.
After what loomed as one of the most lucrative periods in the club’s history in terms of signing new playing talent, the Canberra Raiders in the NRL have been left with nothing to show for their work.
Kevin Procter re-signed with Melbourne at the 11th hour, Michael Ennis has seemingly drifted more towards playing with Cronulla next season.
While James Tedesco, the Wests Tigers fullback and rising star of the game had gone as far to agree to terms with the Raiders, only to legally return to his current club.
Canberra coach Ricky Stuart released a statement regarding the collapsed dealings with Tedesco and what it means for the future of the Raiders.
“The Canberra Raiders’ recent disappointing recruitment results will not alter or affect this club’s commitment to developing a successful football team in the future,” Stuart said.
“As the club’s head coach, I am fortunate to have such a strong and supportive board and management, an extremely talented and experienced coaching and high performance team and a wonderful group of players who want to be successful.
“When I was chosen for this job – which I regard as one of the privileged coaching appointments in the NRL – I recognised, as did our board, that we needed to recruit players in key positions that would add the necessary strength around the players on our existing roster.
“Despite the recent disappointments of losing players whom we had identified to fulfill these roles, I want to assure, in particular, our members and fans, stakeholders and the Canberra community that we will continue to push forward with an aggressive recruitment program that’s aimed at bringing deserved success to a great football club. These disappointments have only added to our resolve to achieve our goals.
“We have a clear and uncompromising plan to achieve the big picture and the Canberra Raiders will continue to seek to bring success to our organisation.”