Canberra is hopeful Dane Tilse will become the third Raiders forward this year to pledge his long-term future to the club following fruitful discussions with his management yesterday.
In-form prop Tilse is contracted with Canberra until the end of next year, but Raiders chief Don Furner is working on extending his deal by another two seasons.
Canberra is keen to secure Novocastrian Tilse’s services long term, as he will be on Newcastle’s radar after Nathan Tinkler’s takeover bid was successful last night. Furner enjoyed promising talks with Tilse’s manager Todd Buckingham yesterday.
The 26-year-old has been one of Canberra’s best this season and has been rewarded with a starting spot for tomorrow’s crunch home match against Gold Coast.
A big positive for the Raiders is Tilse’s girlfriend Katie moved from Newcastle to Canberra two months ago.
It removes the threat of a repeat of the situation that confronted the ACT Brumbies this week, where Adam Ashley-Cooper jumped ship to the NSW Waratahs to be with his partner.
Furner said Tilse, like Learoyd-Lahrs and Harrison, had indicated he was keen to stay.
He has been touted as a possible contender for Origin selection this year following a strong finish to 2010.
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