The Canberra Raiders have continued their aggressive recruitment drive when it comes to re-signing players, with fringe forward Jarrad Kennedy re-signing at the club for a further two years.
Kennedy, 24, was a part of the 2008 Raiders NYC team that won the inaugural NYC title, playing alongside current Raiders back-rowers Shaun Fensom and Joel Thompson.
Kennedy, a Moruya junior, made his NRL debut back in 2012 playing in a handful of matches, with the forward saying there is no club he would rather be at.
â€œItâ€™s great to be able to put pen to paper and concentrate on my football knowing I have two more years at the club to prove myself and work my way into the NRL team,â€ Kennedy said.
â€œIâ€™ve played a lot of my junior footy with a few of the guys who have re-signed and itâ€™s great to be able to stay with them at the club and hopefully play alongside them for the Raiders in the NRL.
â€œIâ€™m just waiting for the opportunity to get another chance in the NRL team and I just need to keep playing well for Mounties and be ready for the chance when it comes.
â€œSeeing guys like Shaun Fensom and Joel Thompson work their way into the NRL team inspires me to work hard and even though Iâ€™m the same age as those guys I look up to them and know I can get there if I keep working hard as well.”
With potential spots set to open up next season, Raiders CEO Don Furner is excited to have re-signed Kennedy, in order to see him develop further as a player and become a successful part of the club.
â€œJarrad is another product of our junior development and his commitment to the club and his work ethic are second to none,â€ Furner said.
â€œThe coaching staff sees the same determination and work rate as they do in a player like Shaun Fensom and once Jarrad gets his opportunity Iâ€™m sure weâ€™ll see him pushing for more time at NRL level.
â€œItâ€™s great to see a lot of our juniors deciding to stay with the club and Jarrad joins the likes of other young forwards Paul Vaughan and Mark Nicholls who have recently re-signed.â€