The youngster is unavailable for the Raiders due to salary cap issues.
Canberra Raiders rookie Jeremy Hawkins will be unavailable to make his NRL debut this weekend against the Gold Coast Titans, after the Raiders’ application for him to play was blocked by the NRL salary cap team.
The Raiders made a formal submission to the NRL about the possibility of Hawkins playing in place of the injured Jack Wighton, however the NRL ruled the Raiders’ second-tier salary cap was at its limit, meaning Hawkins is unavailable to play during Sunday’s game a Cbus Super Stadium.
Raiders CEO Don Furner told the club’s website that although it was disappointing Hawkins could not take the field, he accepted the NRL’s decision.
“With injuries and a number of players debuting this season we applied for a second tier salary cap exemption for Jeremy to play this weekend but it’s been denied by the NRL,” Furner said.
“We’ve debuted four players this season and last week Kurt Baptiste came into the team which has seen us reach our second tier limit.
“With injuries to Jack Wighton and a season ending injury to Edrick Lee earlier this year we were hopeful of an exemption, but we respect the NRL’s decision.
“It’s disappointing for Jeremy but we’re confident he’ll get his chance to make his NRL debut with the Raiders in the future.”