Locked in: Raiders extend Josh Papalii on monster lifetime deal

The Canberra Raiders announced that star forward Josh Papalii has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him at the club for the rest of his career.

Papalii, 28, is already on contract until the end of 2022 but has agreed to an extension until the end of 2024 with a further option for 2025.

“I love this club and I love Canberra,” Papalii said in a club statement.

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“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.”

Raiders CEO Don Furner believes extending Papalii’s deal was a massive boost for the club, as he’s become a player the club can continue to build their future around.

“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,” Furner said.

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“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.”

Papalii has scored 51 tries in 215 games for the Raiders since debuting in 2011.

Josh Papalii in action against the Dragons in Round 18.Source:Getty Images

The hulking front-rower has also played in 15 Origin games for the Maroons and 11 Tests for the Kangaroos, while also representing Samoa on four occassions.

Papalii has three times been named the Meninga Medallist as the club’s best player and made a grand final with the Green Machine in 2019 going down to the Roosters.

Originally published asLocked in: One of the NRL’s most dominant forces just signed a monster new deal

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