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The next four weeks are crucial for Adam Clydsdale as he looks to cement a position in the Raiders top 17 heading into Round One.

Clydsdale will be one of the Raiders more experienced players at this weekend's Auckland Nines, having previously played in the tournament for the Newcastle Knights. 

Watch Clydsdale's interview in the video above as he talks about the Auckland Nines, Kurt Baptiste's injury and staking a claim for a first-grade spot.