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NRL Profile: Canberra Raiders

Canberra Raiders returned to finals last season and will be looking to make further progress during the 2024 NRL campaign.

The Raiders will have to do it without the influential Jack Wighton who has moved on to pastures new for next season, and his boots will take some filling.

However, the Raiders still have a roster packed with quality and can be backed at 4.50 to make the top eight and play finals in 2024.

Let’s take a look at the Raiders as preparations have started for the 2024 NRL season.

Big Wighton blow hurts Raiders

The Raiders have been rocked by the departure of club legend and star halfback Jack Wighton, who has opted to seek a fresh challenge towards the end of his career.

Wighton revealed at the end of last season that he would be joining NRL rivals South Sydney Rabbitohs as he is keen to win the Premiership.

He believes it’s his best chance of winning the grand final, and the betting odds back up his thoughts.

The Rabbitohs are one of the hot fancies at 9.50, while the Raiders are 51.00 to cause a huge boilover and win the 2024 grand final.

How the Raiders go in 2024 very much depends on how they cope with the loss of the New South Wales State of Origin star.

Fogarty commits future

There is some good news for the Raiders, however, as Jamal Fogarty has penned a new two-year contract to keep him at the club until the end of 2025.

There is also the option for the Raiders to keep him for 2026.

With Wighton gone, a lot of responsibility will fall on to the shoulders of 29-year-old Fogarty, who will now be the senior halfback in the side.

Fogarty will have an inexperienced half alongside him next season, but he will embrace the challenge of helping the youngsters at the club to come through and develop.

New signings

The Raiders have made some exciting additions for the 2024 NRL season, with Kaeo Weekes among the new arrivals.

The 21-year-old has been snapped up from Manly Sea Eagles, where he played 12 NRL games in 2023.

Weekes has heaps of versatility and will compete for a place in the halves as the Raiders attempt to replace Wighton. He can also play fullback and hooker.

Simi Sasagi is also a new signing, arriving from Newcastle Knights on a two-year deal.

The 22-year-old is a forward that will give coach Ricky Stuart plenty of options in the season ahead.

Rapana continues to shine

The experienced Jordan Rapana will be a big player for the Raiders in the 2024 season.

At 34, Rapana has plenty of experience, making over 200 NRL appearances and scoring over 100 tries. The winger had an impressive 2023 and is showing no signs of age catching up with him.

Opening fixtures

The Raiders get their 2024 NRL campaign underway with a trip to take on Newcastle Knights on Thursday 7th March.

The Raiders can be backed at 2.80 to start the season with a win, while the Knights are the hot fancies at 1.44.

The Green Machine play Wests Tigers at home the week after, before trips to take on New Zealand Warriors and Cronulla Sharks wrap up the month of March.

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