CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - MAY 05: Luke Bateman of the Raiders is tackled during the round nine NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Gold Coast Titans at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2018 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Canberra forward Luke Bateman has signed a one-year deal to remain a Raider for the 2019 season on Monday, the club announced.

Bateman was out of contract at the end of the 2018 season, but has agreed a one-year extension.

"It's great to have another season locked away here in Canberra and I'm really looking forward to the next year and a half," Bateman told raiders.com.au.

"I feel like I'm getting the consistency I need to play regular NRL footy and I'm looking forward to the challenges ahead."

Bateman has played all nine games for the Raiders this season, and has 58 appearances for the Green Machine during his four-year career.

His only career try came back in Round 21, 2017 against the Rabbitohs.

Canberra CEO Don Furner told the club's website he's thrilled to have Bateman sign on, and said he's an important member of the Raiders' make-up.

"Luke has come through our junior ranks and established himself as a regular NRL player," Furner said.

"We're happy he's decided to stay with us for another season and we look forward to watching him continue to improve and be a leader in our squad."

 

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