Glen Buttriss
Buttriss hoping to stay

The Canberra Raiders maintain hope they will be able to re-sign hooker Glen Buttriss despite salary cap pressure at the club.

But while Buttriss waits to see if he will still be in the capital next year, Travis Waddell has been given permission to negotiate with other NRL clubs.

Waddell’s Canberra contract does not expire until the end of the 2012 season.

The 21-year-old has played just five games this season, with coach David Furner preferring to use Alan Tongue and Buttriss.

The Raiders confirmed yesterday they had given their blessing for Waddell to begin talks with rival clubs about the possibility of leaving Canberra a year early.

It is understood the North Queensland Cowboys and Gold Coast Titans have expressed interest in securing his services.

Buttriss’s future is also unclear.

With Waddell, Tongue and rising under-20s rake Matt McIlwrick on contract for next year, it is highly unlikely the Raiders will carry a fourth hooker in their squad.

Should Waddell find a viable option for more game time at another club, Buttriss would be a ready-made replacement in Furner’s squad. However, if Waddell wants to stay with the Raiders until his contract expires in 2012, Buttriss could be forced to find a new home.

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