CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 15: Clay Priest of the Raiders is tackled during the round 23 NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Melbourne Storm at GIO Stadium on August 15, 2016 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

Canberra Raiders forward Clay Priest has continued his rapid rise into the NRL, by securing a new two year contract with the Raiders.

Priest, 27, started the season playing for the Raiders feeder club Mounties in the Intrust Super Premiership and was given the opportunity to train with the Raiders for a month earlier in the season.

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 15: Clay Priest of the Raiders is tackled during the round 23 NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Melbourne Storm at GIO Stadium on August 15, 2016 in Canberra, Australia.  (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 15: Clay Priest of the Raiders is tackled during the round 23 NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Melbourne Storm at GIO Stadium on August 15, 2016 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

The month long stint was enough to impress Raiders Coaching staff, who gave him an opportunity to make his NRL debut in round eight. He’s since gone on to play 10 matches and become one of the rising stars of the Raiders team.

Priest said re-signing with the club was something he was excited about and he was continuing to learn each time he took the field both at training and in matches at NRL level.

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“I was extremely keen to stay and I can’t thank the club enough for the opportunity they have given me, its one I’ll never forget and to be able to pay them back by re-signing with the club was an easy decision,” Priest said. “My confidence each week is growing and I’m continuing to learn how everyone plays and where I fit in. The playing group and coaches have been a big help for me and I am getting better each week.”

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