Mataora re-signs with the Raiders
The Canberra Raiders are proud to announce the re-signing of promising utility forward Sam Mataora until the end of the 2014 season.by NRL
The Canberra Raiders are proud to announce the re-signing of promising utility forward Sam Mataora until the end of the 2014 season.
The 21 year old South Sunnybank junior was courted by a couple of rival NRL clubs but ultimately displayed his loyalty to the club that developed his impressive talents and handed him his first chance in first grade.
"It's pretty exciting to be able to re-sign with the Raiders," enthused Mataora.
"I had offers to go to other clubs but I wanted to sign here because this is where I started off my first grade career."
"It's good to know that the club wants to keep me here. They've helped me out a lot so I wanted to give something back. I've got to know all of the boys here really well and I feel really comfortable here."
Equally adept in either the second row or the front row, Mataora has thoroughly impressed the Raiders coaching staff with the impact his has provided off the bench so far this year. Ultimately though, the 2010 Toyota Cup second rower of the year hopes to crack a starting spot in the talented Raiders forward pack.
"I think I can push through here and try and gain a starting spot. That's my main goal."
Canberra CEO Don Furner was more than pleased to retain Mataora in the Raiders ranks for a further two years.
"Like a lot of our young players they do attract a lot of interest and Sam had two clubs chasing him so it's great that he has chosen to stay here in Canberra."
"In his early days he was a little bit home sick but a lot of the guys got behind him and got to know him and he's settled in well down here now."
"We're developing our juniors and we need to make sure that we keep them together and with the right mix of experience."
"Sam's been great in his time here at the Raiders and has matured both on and off the field. He's very mobile for a big guy and the coaching staff was adamant that they did not want to lose him."
"He's now hitting the right age for a forward. After going through the early years of development you want to be able to reap the benefits that. He's a pleasure to have around and we're glad to have his future sorted here at the Raiders."
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