Raiders coach Ricky Stuart is looking to shake up the competition just weeks out from the opening round of matches, with fullback Jack Wighton in line for a move to the halves alongside Aidan Sezer.
Wighton has prepared himself for the positional change, understanding his strength and running ability will allow him to succeed higher up the ground.
“I’ve been doing a little bit of training at five-eighth, I think I’m starting to fit in there pretty well… Aidan will be the steerer and I’ll do the running.” Wighton told NRL.com.
With the loss of Blake Austin at the five-eighth position, Wighton seems the likely candidate to fill the role for season 2019.
“I’m really looking forward to the defensive side of things, I haven’t been in the line tackling and having a bit of fun there for a while.” said Wighton.
“I guess it’s more so just helping Aidan steer the team around and taking a bit of control, keeping calm in pressure situations where we’ve kind of let it slide in the last couple of years.
“I once said I’d never be a half under [Stuart] because he’s a tough judge but it’s going to be good learning all the tricks of the trade off ‘Sticky too.”
Canberra now have a few weeks to find a replacement at the full-back position, with Nick Cotric and Brad Abbey as the likely candidates for the defensive role.