Dimitri Pelo
Trialing with Raiders

Raiders raid France for flying new winger

The Canberra Raiders will run the rule over Dimitri Pelo before deciding whether to offer the French international a contract for next season.

The 26-year-old winger has been training with the Raiders since December 5 on a trial basis.

Pelo is untried in the NRL but spent four seasons in the English Super League with French club Catalans Dragons.

Raiders assistant coach Andrew McFadden was on the coaching staff with Catalans during Pelo’s tenure. He saw enough of the diminutive 1.75m flyer for the Raiders to bring him in on a trial basis.

”Dimitri comes with a recommendation from Andrew McFadden, who worked with him at Les Catalans,” Raiders coach David Furner said.

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The Raiders have been short of outside backs since the departures of Joel Monaghan and Adam Mogg at the end of the 2010 season.

That was followed by under-20s premiership winner Daniel Vidot being released from his contract a year early to take up a three-year deal with the St George Illawarra Dragons. Blake Ferguson appears to have a mortgage on the right wing, with Pelo to fight it out with incumbent Reece Robinson and Drury Low for the other position.

Born in New Caledonia, Pelo grew up in Queensland before playing lower-grade football with the Cronulla Sharks. He left the Sharks at the end of 2005 and joined Queensland Cup club Burleigh Bears. Pelo trialled with the Gold Coast Titans but when a full-time contract did not eventuate he headed overseas and joined the Catalans Dragons in 2007.

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