Some of their strongest players may well be departing but the Canberra Raiders have some good news in terms of signings, with fan favourite and workhorse Shaun Fensom opting to stay with the club, re-signing until the end of 2017.
Adored by NRL fans for his commitment and determination to playing well every week, Fensom’s efforts have not gone unnoticed over the years, with the lock forward winning the Mal Meninga Award – Raiders Best and Fairest – in 2011 and 2012.
Fensom’s journey began in the Raiders NYC team and he enjoyed success there, winning the 2008 grand final with the club before making his first-grade debut in 2009.
Since that time, he has evolved into an elite workhorse and a player who is constantly knocking on the door for higher honours and potential representative duties.
For the man himself, he is relieved that the deal is done and just wants to get out there and play footy again.
â€œItâ€™s a lot of pressure off me now and I can just concentrate on playing football,” said Fensom.
“Itâ€™s good that my future is secured here until the end of 2017 at the club I love playing for.
â€œWeâ€™ve got a really good core of players here and we are building towards something special and I wanted to be a part of that and thatâ€™s why Iâ€™ve re-signed.â€
Having had experience in captaincy, Fensom is viewed as a leader by many at the Raiders club and as the years go by, he is ready to accept any leadership opportunities that may come his way.
â€œWeâ€™re a young side with some good experience and Iâ€™ve got the close age gap between the two groups and I get along with everyone, so I really enjoy being part of this team,â€ Fensom said.
â€œItâ€™s good to be a leader on and off the field and Iâ€™m happy just to get out there and play football each week.â€
With life after footy at the forefront of a players’ mind, Fensom is currently undertaking a building apprenticeship and the opportunity to start http://mccallssf.com/ planning for it now and working towards it, is something Fensom has always wanted to achieve.
â€œYou have to plan for the future and I really enjoy my time on the tools learning about becoming a builder and preparing for my career after football,â€ he said.
The club are just as pleased to retain his services, with Raiders Football Manager John Bonasera commenting on Fensom’s work ethic.
â€œShaun is one of the most committed and hardworking players in the club and the Raiders are delighted to have him stay on-board for a further three seasons,â€ Bonasera said.
â€œHe continues to set the example on and off the field and with players like Shaun staying at the club the future is bright for the Raiders.â€