Tilse re-signs with the Raiders

In a sign of a club on the rise, prop Dane Tilse has extended his deal with the Canberra Raiders, a deal that will see him at the club until the end of the 2014 season.

In order to keep the playing group moving forward, the Raiders saw his re-signature a crucial part of this, as they attempt to keep their side together.

For Tilse, he simply could not envisage leaving Canberra, and for him, he was more than happy to commit to a long-term deal from the club, despite receiving informal offers from other clubs.

“A few weeks ago the Raiders said they were keen to extend my deal down here and I’ve been here for a while now, so once we had the terms of the agreement settled I was more than happy to stay,” Tilse said.

“There was a bit of interest around but no formal offers were put on the table. In the end I’m happy to stay in Canberra, it’s been a good mix for me and I love playing for the club.”

David Furner, the Raiders coach, said that re-signing Tilse was on the Raiders to-do list, as he is seen as a crucial player in the forwards for their future.

“Dane is quite settled here and he’s playing very good football for us.

He has moved into the starting side and is unfortunately injured at the moment, but he’s a big part of our plans going forward,” Furner said. “He’s got a proud family history at the club with his Dad Mick playing at the club as well and we’re happy to have him signed on for three more years.”

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