The Canberra Raiders have made another significant step in player retention today, with the announcement that Shaun Fensom has re-signed with the club until the end of the 2014 season.
Fensom was currently on contract with the club until the end of 2013, but was seen as a high priority for the Green Machine and has been locked away for the next three seasons.
It caps of a remarkable rise for the young Raiders lock, who captained the Raiders inaugural Toyota Cup team to a premiership in 2008. Fensom has since established himself as a regular NRL player for Canberra and is seen by Coaching staff as a future leader in green.
Fensom said he was happy to extend his current contract for another season and sure up his immediate future and said he hoped he could be part of something special in the seasons ahead for the Raiders.
“I was locked in until the end of 2013 but after speaking with the management I’ve agreed to extend for another year and I think the club is doing a very good job of recruiting and retaining players and I’m happy to join that list,” Fensom said. “Canberra’s a big part of my life now, I moved down here straight after school when I turned 18 so it’s played a big part of my adulthood so far so I’m happy to stay down here.”
After leading the Raiders to the Toyota Cup title in 2008 Fensom said a goal of his was to emulate the effort at NRL level, by being part of a team which could go on and achieve a similar feat.
“It would be magical to pull something like that off and keeping the same core players we had in 2008 with the NYC premiership and if we could do that with the same group at NRL level it would be a dream come true,” Fensom said.
Raiders Coach David Furner said the retention of Fensom was another big step for the club and said he saw the young forward as an integral part of the clubs future.
“Shaun Fensom is obviously an important factor for this team going forward, so it’s a very good signing for the club and the team to have his current deal extended,” Furner said. “He’s a very good leader on and off the field and a guy that’s going to grow into his role as a senior player as he plays more games so we’re delighted to have him long term.”