CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - MAY 29: Luke Bateman and Josh Hodgson of the Raiders celebrate after the round 12 NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Canterbury Bulldogs at GIO Stadium on May 29, 2016 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Stefan Postles/Getty Images)

Canberra Raiders forward Luke Bateman has extended his deal with the Canberra Raiders, signing for two more seasons until the end of the 2018 season.

Bateman, 21, has been on scholarship with the club since he was 12 and joined the Raiders junior representative teams when he was 18, playing SG Ball and NYC in his first season with the Raiders. He made his NRL debut in 2015 playing six matches and has played 14 matches so far this season.

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - MAY 29: Luke Bateman and Josh Hodgson of the Raiders celebrate after the round 12 NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Canterbury Bulldogs at GIO Stadium on May 29, 2016 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Stefan Postles/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - MAY 29: Luke Bateman and Josh Hodgson of the Raiders celebrate after the round 12 NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Canterbury Bulldogs at GIO Stadium on May 29, 2016 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Stefan Postles/Getty Images)

When it came down to the decision to extend his contract with the Raiders Bateman said it was an easy one and praised the Raiders for helping him develop into the player and man he is today.

“I’ve got a great history with the club and the club has been very good to me and my family for a long time. My hearts at the Raiders,” Bateman Said. “I love the organisation and I’m very happy to be staying here.

“This clubs a good club. If you want to make it your home it will take you in and embrace you.”

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