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Wighton extends NRL stay with Raiders

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/05/2017 Matt Coughlan

Canberra have shown they see Jack Wighton as their long-term fullback, extending his contract until the end of the 2020 NRL season.

The 24-year-old has been a consistent performer for the Raiders in the past two seasons after switching to fullback.

"I'm stoked. I love the club and they've shown me a lot of love," Wighton said on Tuesday.

Wighton has played more than 100 games with Canberra since his 2012 debut and hasn't missed a game since 2015.

While the Raiders' lacklustre start to 2017 has been beneath many people's expectations, Wighton is upbeat about the club's future.

"I think the club's on the rise," he said.

"I'll be striving by the end of the contract to definitely be in a leadership type of role.

"I'll have a few years under my belt by then and hopefully still playing some good footy."

Veteran forward Sia Soliola believes locking down a key part of their spine will be a huge boost for the Raiders.

"He's going to be a great player for the club for a very long time," Soliola said.

"He's awesome in terms of how he's progressed as a player, but not only that as one of our leaders."

Wighton's next test will be against the Sydney Roosters, who will be missing a handful of State of Origin stars, at GIO Stadium on Sunday.

"Roosters are a very well drilled team," Wighton said.

"Whether they have their players or don't have their players it's going to be a really tough game.

"We'll be going in their all guns blazing."

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