Youngsters often form the building blocks of an NRL side moving forward and the Canberra Raiders have acted swiftly to re-sign some of their young, talented players, with Jack Ahearn, Jeremy Hawkins and Jeff Lynch re-signing until the end of the 2015 season.
The trio are currently a part of the NYC side and enjoying stellar stints, though Lynch’s season was unfortunately cut short due to a season-ending shoulder injury.
On the cusp of securing the minor premiership, the three have been a part of the Raiders solid season so far and with two weeks remaining, the Raiders will hope they can hold on.
For Ahearn, he is excited to stay at the club and hopes that staying on with the Raiders can act as a pathway to the NRL.
â€œI grew up supporting the Raiders, so to be able to re-sign with them is a great feeling for me. I have an old 1994 jersey signed by Mal Meninga and Laurie Daley and itâ€™s still at home,â€ Ahearn said.
â€œIâ€™m over the moon to have a two year extension at my local club. Itâ€™s a good opportunity here for me and I look forward to wearing that green jumper for another two years.â€
Ahearn is familiar with his fellow players that are re-signing and says he looks up to them and what they do for their work ethic and overall persona on and off the field.
â€œWeâ€™ve got a Viagra good young group coming through. I really look up to players like Mitch Cornish, Jeremy Hawkins and Jeff Lynch because of their work ethic,â€ he said.
â€œThey keep pushing me to improve and itâ€™s good to see that weâ€™re all going to be here for a bit longer together.â€
Hawkins was a young player who joined the club from New Zealand and is excited to have re-signed, with club officials pleased with his promising form at both NYC and NSW Cup level.
â€œI came over here from New Zealand on a three year deal and my main goal was to play in the NRL for the Raiders and Iâ€™ve now got two more years to work towards my goal,â€ Hawkins said.
â€œI played SG Ball with Mitch Cornish and Jack Ahearn, so itâ€™s good that weâ€™re sticking together.â€
Whilst Lynch is disappointed that he cannot finish out the season due to his shoulder injury, he knows that it will make him hungrier to perform and play well in the pre-season and 2014 season.
â€œItâ€™s been a frustrating end to the year for me after the shoulder surgery and watching the team do so well from the sideline, but hopefully the boys can go on and win the competition,â€ Lynch said.
â€œFor me, itâ€™s about making sure my shoulder is right to go for the pre-season and I canâ€™t wait to learn from the NRL players and train alongside them.â€