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Raiders member Ryan Finn travelled all the way from Brisbane last weekend for his first Raiders game with his family in a bid to see his beloved Raiders for the first time.

After a few tough months with some health issues it was a dream come true for Ryan, who made the drive down and back just to see the team play. As a surprise for Ryan, the Raiders organised for him to attend the team’s final training session before Sunday’s game and he also had the chance to toss the coin for Terry Campese.

Despite the team not getting the results on the field, Ryan got in touch with the club this week to thank them for the experience.

Dear Raiders

We arrived back to Brisbane safely early hours this morning after a long drive.  I would like to thank, the club, JB, Ricky Stuart and all of the first grade squad for making my trip with my family to Canberra bigger and better than I expected. I thought my daughter and I would be going to Captains Run and watch training with maybe 100 other supporters but  to find we were the only ones and had the whole team to ourselves was just astonishing.

Speaking to Ricky Stuart about football was amazing and then talking to JB about the salary cap and things I just didn’t understand and then OMG meeting every player and chatting one on one with them I nearly cried.

The icing on the cake was when you asked me to do the coin toss with Terry Campese and Simon Mannering at Sundays Game. With Ricky Stuart coming out of the change room say hello and players saying hello and remembering my name, I was a kid in a candy store. If that is what being part of the Raiders Family is I am in for life. You have made my year and the only way is up for the Raiders.

If you could please pass this on to the guys would be great. See you next year.

I bleed green.

Ryan Finn

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