Aidan Sezer wants to take control of the Canberra Raiders ahead of his 100th NRL game

Aidan Sezer wants to take control of the Canberra Raiders ahead of his 100th NRL game

Canberra Raiders halfback Aidan Sezer has been around long enough to know premierships aren't won in March.

That's why, with the Raiders scoring just one win from four starts, he isn't panicking leading into a date with the Parramatta Eels at Canberra Stadium on Saturday.

Aidan Sezer wants to take control of the Raiders.

Aidan Sezer wants to take control of the Raiders.Credit:Getty Images

A return to winning ways is as simple as "holding the ball" for the Green Machine, and Sezer wants to be the man steering the charge.

The 25-year-old will play his 100th first grade game this weekend, and Sezer feels it's time he took the next step towards becoming the halfback everyone knows he can be.


Sezer has shown glimpses of brilliance in his 99 NRL games to date that have seen him selected for City Origin and the Indigenous All Stars.

Injuries have slowed Sezer's progress since debuting for the Gold Coast Titans in 2012, but he knows the time has come to take the game by the scruff of the neck.

"It's a nice little milestone and added motivation to get the win this week which we'll prepare for," Sezer said.

"It's taken me a while with a few injuries but very grateful to play the game I love. As halves you want to dictate a little bit more in the game and take a bit more ownership of the team and that's something me and Blake [Austin] will strive to do over the next coming weeks."

Sezer could feel the weight of added responsibility against the Eels this weekend, with star hooker Josh Hodgson in doubt with a sternum injury.

Hodgson is often one to take control in the middle and let Sezer and Austin run the show on their respective edges, but the halves will need to step up in the English international's absence.

"I want to do that anyway," Sezer said.

"I guess Hodgo is a dominant player and dictates a little bit there in the middle, but me and Blake have been working on [that] during the pre-season and obviously moving in towards the year. We want to take a bit more ownership of this team. It's something I'm comfortable with doing, I just need to get a bit more quality ball."


Sezer says the Raiders simply haven't given themselves a chance in the opening month of the season, giving up plenty of ball to quality opposition.

If they can arrest the situation and add to their "limited chances" Canberra will be well poised to add to their win column on Saturday.