Canberra winger Jordan Rapana has re-signed with the Raiders for a further two seasons.
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Rapana’s current deal expired at the end of the year, but his impressive start to the 2015 season has seen the Raiders move quickly to lock him in until the end of the 2017 NRL season.
The Raiders threw Rapana a career lifeline midway through the 2013 season after he took a five-year hiatus from the sport.
After securing a new two-year deal, Rapana says he wants to repay the faith shown in him by Canberra.
“I’m very happy here in Canberra and it’s great to be able to re-sign with the club who gave me a chance to further my NRL career,” Rapana said in a club statement.
“I feel like I’m starting to develop my game to a level where I think I’m making a good contribution to the team and I want to continue to get better each week.”
“I feel like I’ve improved my game since I came back to rugby league and I’m establishing myself here as an NRL player.”
Raiders chief executive Don Furner said Rapana deserved his chance and were confident the 25-year-old would improve even more over the next two seasons.
“Jordan has been wonderful for the team since getting his chance at the back end of last season and a strong start to this year warranted a contract extension,” Furner said.
“We look forward to seeing him continue to work on his game and we are confident he’ll carry on his current form across the next two seasons.”