Joe Picker
Re-signed with Raiders

Canberra’s spluttering start to the NRL season has received a massive boost, with Raiders second-rower Joe Picker extending his contract until 2013.

The Raiders will hold a media conference today to trumpet the retention of the 23-year-old for the next two years.

It’s a timely piece of good news for the last-placed Raiders heading into Sunday afternoon’s crucial round seven encounter with the Newcastle Knights at Canberra Stadium.

Picker has made 70 top-grade appearances since debuting in 2007.

His signature is the final leg of a trifecta the Raiders hope will power them into the future.

Picker follows international forwards Tom Learoyd-Lahrs and Bronson Harrison – both of whom have recommitted until 2014 – in pledging their allegiance to the Green Machine.

The Raiders had been in negotiations with Picker’s management for the past couple weeks.

Picker was reported to have been in the sights of the cashed-up Newcastle Knights, with new coach Wayne Bennett eager to add a strike back-rower to his arsenal.

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