David Shillington
Return to Brisbane clause

Canberra Raiders prop David Shillington says he may still see out his career with the Raiders despite confirming he has a get-out clause in his contract to join the proposed Brisbane Bombers from 2014.

Raiders chief executive Don Furner said yesterday the club agreed to the unusual clause because of the 29-year-old’s age and status in the game.

However, the contract clearly dictates ”Brissy boy” Shillington can only join a new Queensland team, not an existing NRL club.

”He asked if he was to receive an offer would the club consider releasing him, but only to the new Queensland club,” Furner said.

”It’s something we allowed because Shillo is important to us and it was important to keep him. What they [the players] look at is longevity.

”He might get offered a four-year deal by the new franchise when he’s got one year to go with us, [and] that’d become the new England for him.”

The Brisbane Bombers launched their brand last week, and are hopeful of being admitted into the NRL in coming years.

Canberra announced a fortnight ago it had agreed to terms with Shillington until the end of 2015.

Furner said Shillington was the only player at the club who had that specific clause in his contract.

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He said no one else had asked for anything similar, and it wouldn’t be a policy the club would adopt for younger players.

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