Havili rewarded with new Raiders deal

Canberra Raiders hooker Siliva Havili

Deputising for Josh Hodgson before he returned to the Canberra Raiders side, the club has re-signed Siliva Havili.

Havili, who joined the club following his 2017 World Cup campaign with Tonga, expected to fight for the spot.

When Hodgson went down with an ACL injury during the tournament, however, he became the go-to man at hooker.

Playing across hooker, lock and from the bench, Havili impressed many and as such, has now been given a new two-year deal.

It was an easy decision for Havili to stay, who believes that the nation’s capital is the best place for him to be right now.

“Canberra is the best place for me to be in terms of my career and I’m really excited about re-signing with the Raiders,” Havili said.

“Ricky Stuart and the players and staff have really welcomed me into the club and I’m really enjoying being part of this team.”

There was nothing but praise from the club also, making note of Havili’s versatility.

“Siliva has done a wonderful job for us this year and has gone from a player who could handle a few minutes from the bench to a player who is capable of putting together a full 80-minute NRL performance,” Raiders Recruitment and High-Performance Director PeterĀ Mulholland said.

“He’s a versatile player who can play a number of positions and roles for us and we believe he will continue to improve as a player with the more matches he plays at the top level.”

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