Both McIlwrick and Vaughan have come through the Raiders junior system, with McIlwrick making his first grade debut last season and currently starting for the Raiders at hooker, while Vaughan was 18th man for the Raiders last weekend against the Warriors.
McIlwrick said he’s thrilled to be remaining in Canberra and said he’s looking forward to hopefully cementing a spot in the Raiders team.
“The Raiders have looked after me the last few years and I couldn’t be happier here. I’ve got a lot of family here now and it made the decision a lot easier,” McIlwrick said. “I can now focus on the footy for the rest of the year and try and hold down my spot in the side.”
Paul Vaughan is a local product who came through the junior rugby league competition for the North Canberra Bears and Gungahlin Bulls, before making his way through the Raiders junior grades and the NYC team.
Vaughan said he’s excited about his future with the Raiders and said the chance to make his debut this season is something he’s hoping to achieve.
“It’s nice I can stay around and repay the club. I’m from Canberra and I’ve always wanted to play for the Raiders. I was 18th man last week and hopefully I can take the next step soon,” Vaughan said. “It would be unreal to make my debut and would be a dream come true, if I can get a start in the next few games it will be exciting and hopefully the start of my career at NRL level.”