Canberra Raiders land running back Jamal Fogarty | The Canberra Times

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The Canberra Raiders could have the only fully indigenous halves pairing in the NRL next season, with Jamal Fogarty set to become a Canberra Raider next week. Fogarty agreed to the terms of a three-year contract with Green Machine and only needs to finalize his release from the Titans to make it official. Everything is expected to be finished by the middle of this week. Landing the Gold Coast Titans co-captain figure as a massive blow to Raiders coach Ricky Stuart, given the running back only extended his contract until late 2023 in early August. But Stuart has been able to pull him out to cover the loss of former Canberra running back George Williams, who returned to England midway through this season due to homesickness. Fogarty played 21 games for the Titans in 2021, including his semi-final against the Sydney Roosters, but was at risk of falling into the Gold Coast playmaker’s pecking order due to the appearance of Toby Sexton. Now the 27-year-old has his future sorted out for the next three years, which also lifts the Queenslander out of the clutches of any possible forays from the new Brisbane team entering the NRL in 2023. The former Australian schoolboy will partner in 2020 Dally M medalist Jack Wighton on the Raiders halves as the Green Machine looks to rebound in the top eight in the NRL after struggling this year. Both Fogarty and Wighton played for the Indigenous All Stars in February. MORE NEWS FROM THE RAIDERS Reteaming in club land would likely make them the only indigenous midfield-five-eighth pair in the NRL. Fogarty will take it upon himself to lead the Green Machine down the field as the number 7 controller, leaving Wighton to focus on his powerful running game. He has played 41 NRL games since making his Titans debut in 2017 against the Wests Tigers. Having waited for the right moment in the search for the running back, the Raiders will now play a similar waiting game to fill the last four spots in their 30-man squad for next year. They missed out on ex-Titans utility Tyrone Peachey, who opted for a bigger two-year deal with the Tigers before coming to Canberra. But they might be looking for another versatile player from Peachey’s class or some middle forward to help replace the loss of Sia Soliola (retired), Dunamis Lui (no contract) and Ryan James (Brisbane Broncos). “He’s a good player and the captain of the Titans, so he’s obviously done something,” Raiders co-captain Jarrod Croker said. “He is a great player. I have met him before, he is a very nice guy, so he would be more than welcome.” He is a quality player and I know they have had very good opinions about him in the last couple. of years. “He’s that kind of hardworking guy that took a while to split up in first grade, so he seems like he has a really good work ethic.”



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