Raiders star signs bumper new deal

Canberra Raiders star playmaker Jack Wighton has signed a new deal which will see him remain in the nation’s capital until the end of 2024.

According to NRL.com, the deal is reportedly worth more than $3 million if Wighton can continue to earn bonuses by securing a place in the New South Wales and Kangaroos squad.

The 27-year-old will join an elite group of Canberra icons that have signed a five-year deal with the club. Mal Meninga, Ricky Stuart, Laurie Daley and Bradley Clyde all signed five-year contracts with the Raiders.

Wighton could have earned more by plying his trade elsewhere in the NRL, but he chose to stay loyal to the club that he joined as a 16-year-old.

Commenting on the potential of becoming a one-club player, Wighton said: “I think I’m on the right path to that well and truly with this contract.

“It’s something I’m stoked about, it’s something that doesn’t happen very much these days. If I can become a one-club player in a city like Canberra, I’d be very grateful.

“I love it here, love the community and love the team”.

Despite a controversial Grand Final loss in 2019, Wighton believes the club will come back stronger in 2020.

“I want to win a competition with the Raiders” Wighton told the club’s website.

“I know we have the squad to do it and if we can stay together and continue what we’ve built, we’ll be able to achieve our goal.”

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