Raiders re-sign injured veteran forward

Sia Soliola

Currently out injured but set to return soon, Sia Soliola has re-signed with the Canberra Raiders for the next two seasons.

The veteran forward, who joined the Raiders last year and excelled during his time in the back-row, has made the most of the opportunities presented to him.

With the arrival of other forwards, his role this year changed, playing off the bench as a prop and performing well before he suffered a fractured arm.

With the Raiders performing well as a unit and a team, Soliola was keen to put pen to paper and remain at the club that is going places.

“I’m excited, relieved and really happy to be staying here for another couple of years,” said Soliola.

“Obviously this is a great club and it’s a great place for me and my family. We love this place and it’s got a great pool of talent.

“It was pretty silly not to consider this club because it’s such a great club with a great history.”

As a veteran player now, Soliola has been regarded as a leader of the pack to guide their younger generation and he looks forward to embracing that role even more moving forward.

“There’s a great optimism around the joint at the moment,” said Soliola.

“I think a lot of the boys are excited about how they’ve started the year and how they’re going to progress, and I just want to be a part of that.

“Hopefully I can contribute as much as I can on and off the field.”

His leadership exploits have not gone unnoticed by the club, with Soliola drawing praise from CEO Don Furner for how he goes about his footy on and off the field.

“Sia leads by his actions in everything he does and the respect he receives amongst the players and staff here at the club shows what a wonderful asset he is to our organisation,” Furner said.

“In terms of his playing ability, he can play both on the edge and in the middle of the field, with his experience and knowledge of the game a valuable tool for our younger players.

Off the field efforts are just as important for the Raiders and Furner praised Soliola for the things he has done across the board.

“What he does for this club off the field is equally important, whether it be amongst the players providing leadership, advice and feedback or the work he does in the community, you could not ask for a better role model and quality individual,” added Furner.

It’s a pleasure to have him as part of the Raiders and he’s a player other players can aspire to become.”

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