Raiders five-eighth Blake Austin is set to announce that he will play in the English Super League next season, while full-back Jack Wighton’s future remains unclear as the club discusses the troubled stars’ sanction with the NRL.
The Australian is reporting that the Canberra board decided Wighton should be facing a maximum six-week suspension following his assault and public urination charges, which would vastly hurt Canberra’s finals chances.
But the NRL integrity unit may not be satisfied with that penalty, who are purportedly keen to ban Wighton for the remainder of the 2018 NRL season. No matter the outcome, the Raiders have gotten behind the 25-year old and are keen to see him return to the field this season.
Wighton is awaiting his November 14 sentence over his misconduct, but has already face a specialised Galambany Court for aboriginal offenders.
Austin is set to come out of contract at the end of the season and has not received a contract offer from the Raiders or garnered any interest from rival clubs.
Meanwhile, Canberra are looking to tie down forward Jo Tapine’s future at the club, who comes out of contract at the end of next season.
Tapine is facing a two-game ban for an indiscretion against Bulldogs hooker Michael Lichaa on Saturday in a massive blow for the Raiders.
Canberra currently sit six points behind the eighth-placed Warriors and are up against it to play finals, potentially needing to win five or six of their last eight games.