SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15: Craig Garvey of the Bulldogs dances as he celebrates scoring a try during the round 10 NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Canterbury Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium on May 15, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

The Canberra Raiders have announced the signing of former Bulldogs Hooker Craig Garvey on a one-year deal for the 2018 season.

Garvey made his NRL debut in 2013 for the Dragons before moving to the Bulldogs in 2016. He has played a total of 23 NRL matches and has also represented NSW at under 20s level and the Indigenous All-Stars in 2016.

Garveyโ€™s arrival in Canberra coincides with the club releasing both Adam Clydsdale and Erin Clark.

Raiders NRL Recruitment & High-Performance Manager Peter Mulholland said the signing of Garvey gives the squad some depth in the hooker position after the release of the Clydsdale and Clark.

“Craig is a talented hooker who at 24 years of age is still learning and developing as a player who we believe can be a valuable addition to our squad in 2018,โ€ Mulholland said.

Adam Clydsdale has decided to retire from rugby league to pursue a career with his family business and we wish him all the best for the future.

Erin Clark has also been granted a release from the remainder of his contract with the club, so having Craig in our squad gives us some stability in the squad.”

Canberra Raiders 2018 Player Movements

2018 Gains
Brad Abbey (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, 2019), Cooper Bambling (2018), Craig Garvey (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, 2019), Kalani Going (2018), Charlie Gubb (New Zealand Warriors, 2019), Setefano Hala (2019), Siliva Havili (St George Illawarra Dragons, 2020), Ata Hingano (New Zealand Warriors, 2019), Corey Horsburgh (2019), Liam Knight (Sydney Roosters, 2020), Sebastian Kris (2019), Michael Oldfield (Penrith Panthers, 2020), Sam Williams (Wakefield Trinity, 2019)
2018 Losses
Kurt Baptiste (Sydney Roosters), Adam Clydsdale (retired), Lachlan Croker (Manly Sea Eagles), Brent Naden (Newcastle Knights), Kato Ottio (Widnes Vikings), Clay Priest (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), Zac Santo (New Zealand Warriors), Scott Sorensen (Cronulla Sharks), Dave Taylor (Toronto Wolfpack), Jordan Turner (Huddersfield Giants)
Jarrod Croker (2020), Masivesi Dakuwaqa (2018), Joseph Leilua (2020), Jordan Rapana (2019), Elliott Whitehead (2020), Jack Wighton (2020)
Off Contract 2019
Brad Abbey, Luke Bateman, Ata Hingano, Corey Horsburgh, Royce Hunt, Sebastian Kris, Andre Niko, Brendan O'Hagan, Kyle Paterson, Reuben Porter, Jordan Rapana, Sam Williams, Hudson Young
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  1. Raiders have a director of high performance? Mmmmm this the club that told Darren Lockyer he would amount to zero , yep ,

  2. This is also the club that is known for nurturing players to becoming elite of the game only to get poached by rival clubs….!

    • It’s also the club that has the CLAP! ๐Ÿ˜‚

      Come on laugh with me mate. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      “I say that’s a joke son. I made a funny and you’re not laughin’!” – Foghorn Leghorn

    • Name your juniors that are โ€œpoachedโ€ your systems are garbage , your ability to identify talent is garbage , your history required a QLD influence, those that leave want to pursue success, your club is good a sweeping under carpet , yes I live here , yes been involved in junior RL nearly 20 years , raiders chew em up and spit em out

      • Since you live there and have so called been involved in the Junior set up for 20 years then you know the many “poached” talent I refer to. Give your self a break champ. Systems are in place based on catchment area. The only real Junior system is the panthers, because per registered players by population there is an influx. The Raiders had to lean on Qld because they too have big catchment like the Penrith and Canberra doesn’t have such luxury.

        You live in the nation’s capital but talk like it’s the worst place to be as a RL fan. Wouldn’t surprise me if you are a Qlder just trying to rattle the cages.

        Take a leaf out of SSTID’s book and laugh buddy. Raiders have a clap least that brings in the crowds not party poppers or fun polices ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

        • Canberra is a hole , Iโ€™m just lucky I also have a house on the south coast which is an hour and 30 away so I can enjoy my weekends, as for raiders mate they give more money to the two Queanbeyan sides (and letโ€™s face it there home ground was orig in Queanbeyan) than the other sides that play in the Canberra Raiders cup , Qnb Blues (campos side) has a salary allowance nearly 200k to purchase the best , they also pay former NRL grade players , so what ! Well when the other clubs struggle , when the other clubs discover talent they quickly lose it two the blues or the Roos , here itโ€™s a BS comp mate and itโ€™s because there are the haves and have nots whom are supported by the raiders , Cotric is the only junior I can think of that is wholly ACT born n breed , and I did and have always said he is a gun , watched him in juniors for over 6 years , all other claimed Raiders come from NSW , thatโ€™s in Qld ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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