Chris Wilson, Michael Carayannis 8:00 PM Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart stands by the club's "courageous decision" to sack Blake Ferguson, but says the troubled star has "served his time" and predicted he could return to the NRL better than ever in 2015.
Jon Tuxworth Queanbeyan mayor Tim Overall is hopeful Seiffert Oval will host a Canberra Raiders premiership match in the future after declaring upgrades to the club's spiritual home on track to be completed for the February 21 trial against Newcastle. About $1.1 million of government and council funding has been devoted to bringing the dated facility up to scratch, including a playing surface upgrade, new irrigation system, electronic scoreboard, replacement grandstand seating and amenities. Work is on track to be finished by mid-February, in time for the trial which the Raiders hope will attract a crowd of about 10,000. Overall hopes the upgrades would result in it hosting a fully-fledged Raiders game eventually. "Absolutely. Of course that's up to the Raiders, but we'll certainly be pushing for that," Overall said. "We know they've got constraints, but maybe it could be scheduled one day with full TV coverage." Stuart said the trial was part of his goal to drum the history of the club into the current squad. "I think it's very important for the players to understand our history and what's gone before them," Stuart said. "It just brings back so many great memories. This is where I started, this is where the club started."
Jon Tuxworth Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart insists there's "no negativity or sour grapes" toward Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, adamant the club needs to get on with business after the Roosters prop failed to meet a deadline to respond to their lucrative contract offer.
Jon Tuxworth Matt McIlwrick says the chance to kick-start his career at the Sydney Roosters was too good to refuse, declaring he will "always be thankful" the Canberra Raiders put his best interests first.
Chris Wilson Canberra Raiders recruit Frank-Paul Nu'uausala has been hurt by his release from his "brotherhood" at the Sydney Roosters.
Chris Wilson The Canberra Raiders are closing in on their biggest recruitment target in years, with Sydney Roosters prop Jared Warea-Hargreaves spotted in Canberra on the weekend and weighing-up a multi-year deal in the nation's capital.
Jon Tuxworth Former Queensland Origin player Ben Ikin says Jarrod Croker "would be my pick" as the next Canberra Raiders captain, adamant his decision to re-sign long-term after a tough season is proof of his commitment to the club's rebuild.
Chris Wilson It was a "sad" end, but former Raiders skipper Alan Tongue says Terry Campese leaves a wonderful legacy for the Canberra club and should be remembered by fans that way.
Chris Wilson Raiders coach Ricky Stuart vows to continue his aggressive recruitment campaign after signing a premiership-winning prop.