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Raiders re-sign Bateman until end of 2018

  • Raiders re-sign Bateman until end of 2018

    BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 09: Luke Bateman of the Raiders takes on the defence during the round 14 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Canberra Raiders at Suncorp Stadium on June 9, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Canberra have bolstered their playing stocks for next season after re-signing improved forward Luke Bateman until the end of 2018.

Bateman's extension comes after establishing himself as a key member of the Raiders' forward pack this NRL season, where he has played in 13 of a possible 15 games since round six.

"I started the year off in reserve grade and definitely didn't see myself becoming a mainstay of the first grade team this early in my career," he said.

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"The way the team has been going lately, up in the top four and winning games, it's been very pleasing to be a part of that."

His extension comes after the re-signing of key men Josh Hodgson and Iosia Soliola.

It leaves rookie prop Clay Priest and back-up hooker Kurt Baptiste as the only top-17 players unsigned for 2017.

Bateman said there was a winning culture developing at the club.

"The buzz around the place is awesome at the moment," he said.

"We need to keep winning games to end the season in that top four spot.

"To be playing well and succeeding is a really good feeling. All that hard work we do, to see it pay off, is really pleasing."

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