One of the Canberra Raiders players that has almost flied under the radar with much of what he does is Sebastian Kris but the club have noticed, re-signing him to a long-term deal until the end of 2027.
Still only 24, Kris started out as a centre with the Raiders but has quickly transitioned into a fullback, particularly this season, where he was thrust into the role.
Having come through the lower grades at the club, Canberra is like a home for Kris, and he knew that staying on was the best thing he could do.
“I’m very happy I’m staying here in Canberra and there’s nowhere else I’d rather be,” Kris said.
“I’ve come through the lower grades here when I was 14 and 15 and I don’t see myself anywhere else.
“I’m very proud of what I’ve achieved so far and I’m looking forward to improving and getting better as a player.”
In his 59 NRL games to date, Kris has covered centre, wing and fullback, and says he enjoys the versatility that his game possesses.
“I’ve always put my hand up to do whatever is best for the team and it’s found me in a few new positions, but I don’t mind that at all,” Kris continued.
“I’m just happy being part of the team each week and playing in the NRL.”
The Raiders have always been a club that pride themselves on junior development and Raiders CEO Don Furner praised Kris as another local product that has excelled.
“Sebastian is another player within our squad who has progressed through our junior development program and has worked his way into the NRL squad, which continues to show the pathway from junior grades to the NRL at the club,” Furner said.
“Sebastian’s form over the past two seasons has shown us he’s an NRL quality player and we’re looking forward to watching his continued progression over the next four years.”