NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 19: Jack Wighton of the Raiders prepares to pass the ball during the round three NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Canberra Raiders at Hunter Stadium on March 19, 2016 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)

Raiders star Jack Wighton has penned a new deal with the club that will see him remain with Canberra until the end of the 2024 season.

The playmaker was key to his sides Grand Final push in 2019, where he won the Clive Churchill medal in his sides controversial defeat to the Roosters.

Wighton’s switch to five-eighth saw him take his game to a higher level, reaching representative honours with both the NSW Blues and Australia.

After their dramatic Grand Final loss, Wighton said re-signing with the Raiders was based on both short and long term success as he hopes his side can go one step further.

“I want to win a competition with the Raiders,” Wighton told the club website.

“I know we have the squad to do it and if we can stay together and continue what we’ve built we’ll be able to achieve our goal.”

Wighton added how well the Raiders have treated him since joining in 2012.

“I love the club. They’ve always been there for me and I want to repay them by staying and playing the best footy I can to be successful,” he said.

Canberra CEO Don Furner said Wighton’s decision to re-sign with the club had been a priority for some time as the club looks to achieve great heights in the coming years.

“Jack has been with the club since he was a junior and this deal will see him become a 10-year player at first grade level, which in this era is a significant achievement,” Furner said.

“It’s also worth noting that during the negotiations Jack’s decision to re-sign was based mainly on future success, which shows the belief he has in the club moving forward.

“Jack could have earnt more money by signing with another club but sacrificed that against what we have here in Canberra. He took much less money to stay and that says a lot about Jack and his stability here.”

10 COMMENTS

  1. Its a shame Penrith who are big spenders on this years TPA list have missed out on luring him away from the Raiders. They like Soufths are desperate for a good 5/8.

    I’m also amazed Russ did not get him booked in for a Nana Glen Farm visit.
    We all know 5/8 is Souths 2nd weaklink behind their soft forwards. As is the exact senario at the Pink Panthers.

  2. Good signing.
    After Cody Walker attracted the likes of Latrell Mitchell to come home to Souths the Raiders have the 2nd best 6 in the comp.
    Well done Cody, well done Raiders.

  3. MarkWoodHeap & AdamWoodRot.
    Weren’t you supposedly banned from this site?
    The only thing that really needs to be said to you is Mitchell, Mitchell, Mitchell.
    Let us know when you’re finished crying, over a spilled Mitchell?
    To bad about the missed opportunity for your Nuggets . They couldn’t add to their geriatric, crock player collection of Morris & Hall. Couldn’t even get the other geriatric, crock Morris brother, or Dugan. Very sad! 😩

  4. Mark.mywords, as far as I know, the Panthers were not interested in him. Now it is time for you to move on. I get it, you hate the panthers with a passion.

  5. Panthers18..
    It’s the WoodStack as always. He likes to just make up some random things about Penrith. As he can’t stand it when I write some home truths about his import chickens.

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    February 13, 2020 at 9:26 am
    Panthers18..
    He can’t stand it when I write some home truths about his import chickens.

    Dugan’s rumour was squashed by the Sydney Roosters before it even hit the papers. Clown of divide is just like 21. He believes his own propaganda. Then later quotes his own propaganda as his source of information. 🤡

  7. Well , we’d all trust what the import chickens say , when it comes to talking to players. About being the next import chicken. They’d try denying talking to the other geriatric Morris brother. Even though he’s trying to get out of his contract ,to go to the import chickens.
    You can bet they’d made enquires about hobbly Dugan.
    I said they’d be desperately seeking Susan, if Susan was another centre that is! They’ll be out trying to buy centres all the coming season . Last year it was halves & this season it’ll be centres. 🤣
    Got another list of foreign/ imported first graders , that you claim as locals? Maybe some that had played grand finals ,before being an import chicken? One with Fittler perhaps? He was in first grade & had won a grand final. Lucky he was an import chicken, or he wouldn’t have been great. Must have been a local..

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