TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad of the Raiders runs the ball during the round four NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Canberra Raiders at 1300SMILES Stadium on April 06, 2019 in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

Canberra Raiders breakout star Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad is set to begin contract negotiations with the club next week, according to The Daily Telegraph.

Raiders officials will reportedly meet with his agent in New Zealand next week to begin talks.

Nicoll-Klokstad will become a free agent on November 1, but the club will look to lock him away on a long-term deal.

“We’ve like to have Charnze here long-term,” Raiders CEO Don Furner told The Daily Telegraph.

“He has been outstanding for us.

“His agent lives in New Zealand, so we plan to catch up with him to talk about a new deal next week.

“We certainly want to extend Charnze. He is at that fantastic age (23), he has two young children and as we told him when he moved over here, Canberra is a great place to bring up young kids.

“He is also one of the most popular players we’ve got with the fans and the kids.”

The 23-year old has played all 17 games for the Raiders this season, tallying nine tries, 75 tackle breaks and 176 metres per game.

The former Warrior only managed seven matches in his two seasons at New Zealand and has now transformed into one of the game's premier fullbacks.

Furner lauded Nicoll-Klokstad for his transition.

“There must be so many good players who just don’t get an opportunity,” he said.

“Charnze could have easily stayed in New Zealand and be 25 and have to leave and get a job to provide for his family.

“Every club has players like that. We gave an opportunity to Blake Austin a couple of years ago and he has kicked on.”

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