Joe Tapine is encouraging the Raiders to tie down Jack Wighton at any cost.
The five-eighth won the 2019 Clive Churchill Medal in the best season of his career and won his first call-ups for NSW and the Kangaroos.
Wighton is free to negotiate with other clubs from November 1 and according to his manager Matt Rose, he wants to test the open market.
He had an option in his contract to stay for 2021 but has decided against activating it in favour of a bigger payout.
Tapine has encouraged Wighton to stay with Canberra though.
“He’s been outstanding for us this year,” Tapine told foxsports.com.au.
“He’s got all he deserved, playing for his state and his country. I’d love him to stay, for the team and who he is. We’re really good mates.
“At the end of the day it’s up to him and his family and it’s a decision he’ll have to make. He leads his kick chase, runs hard, hits hard.
“He’s really strong, and you get up close and see him with his shirt off – he’s shredded man.
“He’s probably got the best rig in the Raiders – but he doesn’t have much competition.”