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Cornish re-signs with the Raiders

The Canberra Raiders have secured the services of the club's Toyota Cup Captain, with Mitch Cornish re-signing today until the end of the 2015 season.
Cornish re-signs with the Raiders
by NRL

The Canberra Raiders have secured the services of the club's Toyota Cup Captain, with Mitch Cornish re-signing today until the end of the 2015 season.

Cornish is already contracted to the club for next season, however his stellar form in the National Youth Competition has seen the club extend the 19 year olds contract for a further two years.

The halfback is the Toyota Cup competition's second highest point scorer through eight tries and 50 goals and is in the top four in regards to try assists.

Cornish described the chance to make his first grade debut for the club he has supported for his whole life would be a dream come true.

"It's great to be on board for another three years," Cornish said. "I didn't really look to go anywhere else. My family is here either side of Canberra so my main focus was to stay here as long as possible."

"Ever since I was young it has always been my dream to play first grade for the Raiders. It has been my goal ever since I got into the Harold Matthews team in under 16s."

"The club has had local juniors such as Dugan and Croker come through and every other 20s player here aspires to join them in first grade."

Raiders CEO Don Furner said the club is thrilled to have Cornish's future sealed in the lime green, as the Goulburn product looks to follow on the same path as other Raiders Toyota Cup graduates.

"Mitch Cornish has been terrific since he's been here," Furner said. "He trained with the top squad in the off-season and certainly the plans are for Mitch to be in the top squad at the end of this season. It's great to re-sign these talented juniors and it's great that they want to stay at the club."

"He's a natural leader and the Captain of his side a year younger. There's a lot to like about him and the coaching staff were certainly keen to have his future wrapped up with the Raiders."

Furner said his form for the Toyota Cup team had been tremendous and the club looked forward to seeing him develop over the next few seasons.

"There's a lot of talk about him at the moment. He's leading all the statistics in the 20s a year younger and he would've been in big demand next year. The fact that he extends with us gives us the chance to take him into the top squad and put more resources into him to develop him further."

Cornish has the chance to join a growing list of players who have made the transition from the Toyota Cup to NRL level and Furner said it remained the clubs focus to ensure they continued down the path of development.

"We're second only to the Warriors in bringing NYC players through to first grade. We show a clear pathway and we have always developed our own juniors and pushed them through well," he said. "There's always a lot of debate about NYC as to whether it's a good stepping stone but at our club, everyone that we've pushed up has handled it. I'm sure Mitch will be next."

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