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Raiders fullback Jordan Rapana revealed just how close he was to quitting professional rugby league three weeks ago to become a police officer like his father, until a heart-to-heart chat with Football Manager John Bonasera convinced him otherwise.

Bonasera, a former police officer himself, convinced Rapana to not give up on the rugby league dreams he has had since a child, but rather knuckle down and make the most of his opportunity. 

As a result of the conversation, Rapana knuckled down and continued to train hard and chase his dream.

The Cook Islands representative has since been re-signed for the 2015 season and made a solid debut against the Parramatta Eels last weekend in which he made the most metres and tackle breaks of any Raiders player in the narrow loss.

CLICK HERE to see the leading statistics from the match against the Eels.

Rapana will again line up for fullback this Saturday against the St George Illawarra Dragons where he will play his first ever match at GIO Stadium Canberra for the Raiders.

CLICK HERE to see the full team line-up.

CLICK HERE to see what Rapana had to say in the sheds following his debut last week.

CLICK HERE to see what Jarrod Croker had to say about the much hyped "hoodoo".

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