Canberra Raiders re-sign Aidan Sezer

Canberra Raiders re-sign Aidan Sezer

Junior Paulo slipped through the Canberra Raiders' net, but the big bopper says Aidan Sezer is someone you can build the Green Machine around.

The Raiders confirmed they had re-signed halfback Sezer for another two years on Wednesday, keeping him at the club until at least the end of 2020.

It follows news Canberra has agreed to terms with England utility John Bateman for the next three years.

Aidan Sezer has re-signed with the Raiders for another two years.

Aidan Sezer has re-signed with the Raiders for another two years.Credit:Dion Georgopoulos

Sezer joined the Raiders from the Gold Coast Titans ahead of the 2016 NRL season, coinciding with the Green Machine storming into the preliminary final.


Sezer, 27, agreed to stay at the Raiders two weeks ago and has now put pen to paper on a new contract.

He's played 133 NRL games, including 62 for the Raiders, and Paulo said he wasn't just an important part of the team, but had become star winger Nick Cotric's "older brother" as well.

"It's something I think the club's going to really, really benefit from. Aidan's one you're able to build a team around and having a player like Aidan in your squad able to direct the team around is something that you really need," Paulo said.

"He's a key player for this team and he's definitely good to have around away from the footy field as well.

"He's a real character and you can say he's like Nick's older brother because he's definitely giving Nick quite a bit of stick away from the footy field as well."

It's a timely boost for the Raiders ahead of their crucial clash against the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.

They'll also bolster their stocks of English players, with Bateman set to move to Canberra for the 2019 season.

The Raiders already have two England internationals on their roster, Josh Hodgson and Elliott Whitehead, while Bateman's Wigan Warriors teammate Ryan Sutton has signed a two-year deal.

Raiders fans got a taste of Bateman in England's 36-18 win over New Zealand in the controversial Denver Test on Sunday.

He showed his versatility playing at both centre and lock, while he can also play in the second row, and scored a second-half try in the victory.


It's believed the Raiders are just finalising the details around the transfer fee required to get him out of the final year of his Wigan contract.

He's played 11 Tests for England, as well as 145 games for Bradford and Wigan.

The Raiders are also close to finalising two-year extensions for props Sia Soliola and Dunamis Lui, with talks also progressing for winger Michael Oldfield to stay on for another two years.

While the Raiders have re-signed Sezer, they've resigned themselves to losing five-eighth Blake Austin, who reportedly met with the Parramatta Eels about joining the Western Sydney club next year.

But the deal would depend on the Eels finding a new home for Corey Norman, who's believed to be on $900,000 next season.

Clubs have balked at his price tag, but Norman has been linked with a move to Newcastle.

Austin has been shopped around, including to South Sydney and the Melbourne Storm, and has also been linked with a move to the English Super League.

"Obviously it's added security for myself and my family, but to sort the contract stuff out is a breath of fresh air and to have my future locked up for the next couple of years is a positive move for myself," Sezer said of his two-year deal.

"I love being around the boys and enjoy the club. There's a lot of factors that go into making the decision, but I'm happy with the decision ultimately."


Saturday: Canberra Raiders v Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium, 7.35pm. Live on Fox League.

Raiders squad: 1. Jack Wighton, 2. Nick Cotric, 3. Jarrod Croker (C), 4. Joey Leilua, 5. Michael Oldfield, 6. Blake Austin, 7. Aidan Sezer, 8. Sia Soliola, 9. Josh Hodgson, 10. Shannon Boyd, 11. Joe Tapine, 12. Elliott Whitehead, 13. Josh Papalii. Interchange: 14. Siliva Havili, 15. Junior Paulo, 16. Dunamis Lui, 17. Liam Knight, 18. Jack Murchie, 19. Charlie Gubb, 20. Craig Garvey, 21. Brad Abbey.

Broncos squad: 1. Darius Boyd (c), 2. Corey Oates, 3. James Roberts, 4. Jordan Kahu, 5. Jamayne Isaako, 6. Anthony Milford, 7. Kodi Nikorima, 8. Matthew Lodge, 9. Andrew McCullough, 10. Sam Thaiday, 11. Tevita Pangai jnr, 12. Jaydn Su'A, 13. Josh McGuire. Interchange: 14. Patrick Mago, 15. Joe Ofahengaue, 16. Tom Opacic, 17. Alex Glenn, 18. Korbin Sims, 19. Troy Dargan, 20. Sam Tagataese, 21. David Fifita, 22. Kotoni Staggs, 23. Gehamat Shibasaki.

David Polkinghorne covers the Canberra Raiders, local rugby league, Canberra Cavalry, racing and cycling, along with every other sport, for The Canberra Times.

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