In a huge boost for the Canberra Raiders, veteran prop Josh Papalii has signed a deal likely for life.
Already contracted until 2022, talk had begun that Papalii would make a move away from the nation’s capital.
Papalii’s new deal with the Raiders runs for three seasons, with the final year an option.
An integral part of the Raiders system for many years now, the three-time Mal Meninga medallist continues to impress.
Papalii recently played in his 200th NRL game and to date, has played 215 games in his career.
The Raiders club is all Papalii knows and to be able to stay is a relief for him.
“I love this club and I love Canberra,” Papalii said.
“This is my home now and my family and I are very happy to be remaining with the Raiders and in Canberra.
“I came here as a junior player, made my debut here, and played my 200th NRL game here and there’s no other club I want to play for.”
Establishing himself as an elite prop of the game, the Raiders knew that keeping Papalii was imperative.
“There’s no doubt Josh has developed into one of the all-time greats of our club and he is now recognised among the game’s elite superstars,” club CEO Don Furner said.
“His commitment to the club and the city of Canberra is wonderful to see and we know we have a player who we can continue to be a big part of our club for years to come.”