Reportedly turning down more money to stay, Jack Wighton has signed a new long-term deal with the Canberra Raiders.
The new deal will see Wighton remain at the club he knows and loves until the end of the 2024 season.
Since making his Raiders debut in 2012, Wighton has played in 156 NRL games.
2019 was a year to remember for Wighton, as the Raiders utility played for both NSW and Australia.
After their grand final appearance in 2019, Wighton wants to help the Raiders go one better in 2020.
“I want to win a competition with the Raiders,” Wighton said.
“I know we have the squad to do it and if we can stay together and continue what we’ve built we’ll be able to achieve our goal.”
The Raiders club is what Wighton has known since he was a kid and he wants to repay the faith to them.
“I love the club,” Wighton said.
“They’ve always been there for me and I want to repay them by staying and playing the best footy I can to be successful.”
The Raiders club were not resting on their laurels, knowing how important the re-signing of Wighton was.
“Jack has been with the club since he was a junior and this deal will see him become a 10-year player at first grade level, which in this era is a significant achievement,” club CEO Don Furner said.
“It’s also worth noting that during the negotiations Jack’s decision to re-sign was based mainly on future success, which shows the belief he has in the club moving forward.”
Furner continued to praise Wighton on his decision.
“Jack could have earnt more money by signing with another club but sacrificed that against what we have here in Canberra,” Furner continued.
“He took much less money to stay and that says a lot about Jack and his stability here.”