CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 24: Jordan Rapana of the Raiders makes a line break during the round 16 NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Brisbane Broncos at GIO Stadium on June 24, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

The Raiders are are looking to re-sign off-contract winger Jordan Rapana, reports the Canberra Times.

The 29-year old went for scans on Monday for an injured knee and is unlikely to suit up against the Rabbitohs this Saturday.

It could force Canberra to play Bailey Simonsson and Michael Oldfield at the right edge this weekend with Joey Leilua likely out for the season with neck surgery.

Rapana has been hampered by injuries in the early parts of this season, including a shoulder and rib issue before hurting his knee, but has still played seven of nine games.

Raider captain Jarrod Croker highlighted the importance of Simonsson last week.

“It’s lucky we had Bails there on the bench [against the Roosters] I guess, but it would have been nice to use him differently,” Croker told the Canberra Times. 

“If we just kept Rapa on the edge and had Bails floating around that middle with some tired players would have been nice.”

Croker remained confident that Oldfield would be able to plug the Raiders’ holes.

“He handled it quite well out there, a lot of their attack went towards them a little bit and I think Oldy handled himself quite well,” Croker said.

“It’s hard to get a gauge from where on how all the structure is but it seemed to be good from where I was.”


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