It is no secret that Ricky Stuart can have a bit of a love-hate relationship with the fans of the clubs that he coaches but current side Canberra Raiders are building nicely.
It is that foundation and platform that has seen the club confirm the re-signing of Stuart as head coach until the end of 2018, confident in what the club is building towards.
As a former player for the Raiders over 11 seasons and more than 200 games, Stuart continues his long association with the Raiders club.
It is the passion and enthusiasm that Stuart has for the club and the region that made the decision all that much easier for the Raiders.
â€œThe Raiders board has decided to extend Rickyâ€™s current contract for a further two seasons, based on what we believe is a coaching philosophy which will continue to take our club in a positive direction both on and off the field,â€ Dr Allan Hawke, Canberra Raiders Chairman said.
â€œRicky has been instrumental in instilling the clubs values of Integrity, Courage, Respect and Professionalism and we know heâ€™s the right person to help us achieve our future goals.â€
The decision was an easy one for Stuart, who said the role was a privilege for him.
â€œThereâ€™s a special feeling building around the Raiders and our player program, the Canberra Raiders attitude is about being the best and Iâ€™m honoured to be part of that going into 2016,â€ Stuart said.
â€œIâ€™m not under any illusions about the job and Iâ€™m enjoying the challenge.â€
His ties and his family ties with the club only further confirmed to him that staying in Canberra was the right decision.
â€œI have strong ties with the club. My family are all from here, so we understand the culture of the Raiders and the culture of our community. We love Canberra and the Raiders mean home to us,” said Stuart.
â€œThe people and the way of life here, itâ€™s the greatest youâ€™ll find anywhereâ€