With some Canberra Raiders still tracking the progress of their former captain Terry Campese, they will be pleased to know that the veteran half has re-signed at Super League club, Hull KR.
Currently skipper of the Hull KR side, Campese has made an immediate impact since joining the club and the two-year extension to his current deal means he stays in Hull until the end of 2018.
Enjoying life at Hull and in England, Campese says the decision was an easy one in the end.
â€œWeâ€™re only seven games into the season but I think weâ€™ve shown some good signs that we can do something this year. This club is definitely going places and Iâ€™m glad to be a part of it,â€ he said.
â€œIâ€™ve really enjoyed my time here since arriving in the New Year. The coaching staff have been excellent, the boys are a tight-knit group and I couldnâ€™t ask for it to have run any smoother to be honest.
â€œThat made it an easy decision in that I know what Iâ€™ve got here at Hull KR, how good the club is and how mad the fans are!
The fans were a big reason behind his decision to stay and he thanked the Hull KR faithful for their support since he has joined.
â€œThe fans have been outstanding, theyâ€™re easily the best Iâ€™ve been involved with, particularly that East Stand after a good win. Iâ€™ve never heard sound like it and thatâ€™s one of the big reasons behind my decision to stay,” said Campese.
â€œEverybody is so passionate around the place and the city of Hull has been good to me as well. It reminds me of where Iâ€™m from back in Australia and Iâ€™m excited to stay here longer.â€
Club coach Chris Chester has had nothing but praise for Campese since he joined and knows how valuable he is to the side.
â€œIâ€™ve been hugely impressed with Terry since he arrived at the club and he is a pleasure to work with,” said Chester.
â€œHeâ€™s the leader of the group and a player that the other blokes look up to. Heâ€™s been instrumental in creating the culture that we currently have in the squad and he will have a huge role to play for us over the next few years.
â€œIâ€™m sure having his future sorted will really allow him to focus on his family and his rugby and weâ€™re really excited about extending his stay with us.â€
Actions away from the field are also crucial and Hull KR CEO Mike Smith praised Campese for his leadership skills on and off the field.
â€œWe see this as a real statement of intent from the club to tie a player of Terryâ€™s calibre down to a new deal so early in the season,” said Smith.
â€œHe has been a fantastic acquisition for the club not only with his performances on the field but also his leadership off the pitch.
â€œHe epitomises what we want Hull KR to be about moving forwards and we are delighted that he sees his future with us here at the KC Lightstream Stadium for at least another two seasons.â€