Competition - NRL Premiership Round. Round - Round 26. Teams - Wests Tigers v Canberra Raiders. Date - 4th of September 2016. Venue - Leichhardt Oval, Leichhardt, NSW. Photographer - Paul Barkley.

Season Review: Aidan Sezer

Five Key Stats

Games | 24
Tries | 5
Try Assists | 8
Linebreak Assists | 5
Kick Metres | 4,982

Best Match of the Season

Round One | Raiders 30 defeated Panthers 22

Sezer's club debut was memorable for a number of reasons. The Raiders halfback fractured his cheekbone early in the game, but that didn't stop him from playing the full 80 minutes and scoring two crucial tries. Sezer also had to play as the lone half for a large portion of the game, after Blake Austin left the field with a knee injury. 

Summary

Aidan Sezer enjoyed a strong first season at the Raiders in 2016. 

Sezer joined the Raiders from the Gold Coast Titans on a three-year deal. Possessing a great kicking game and organisation skills, Sezer was the perfect complement to Blake Austin's dangerous running game in the halves.

Off-season shoulder surgery disrupted Sezer's pre-season, but he showed no signs of rust in the Raiders trial against the Knights and Round One victory over the Panthers. 

A fractured cheekbone suffered in the victory over the Panthers ruled Sezer out for a few weeks, returning in Round Five for a dominant win over the Bulldogs at Belmore. 

The strong start to the year saw Sezer's name mentioned as a possible NSW Origin bolter, and he didn't hurt his chances in his representative debut for City Origin. While a Blues jersey never eventuated, Sezer will be in the mix again next year along with Austin. 

During a minor form slump midway through the season - when the Raiders lost four games in five matches - Sezer put his hand up to take on more responsibility in the side. The move worked wonders for the Raiders, and Sezer was a huge factor behind the team's 10-match winning streak. 

The experience gained in his first finals matches will benefit Sezer immensely in 2017, as will the time spent alongside Austin on the training paddock building their halves partnership.