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After working his way through the Raiders junior ranks and into the first grade team, Jack Wighton believes young gun Nick Cotric is right at home in the NRL.

The Canberra Raiders junior made his first grade debut against the Cowboys in round one after proving himself in pre-season training.  

After a solid performance against the Sharks last week, including 9 runs for 73 metres and numerous difficult catches, Cotric is starting to show that he belongs in the top tier. 

His hard work and natural talent has been noticed by Raiders fullback Jack Wighton, who says Cotric has been playing great footy and is fitting in well with the team.

“It’s awesome working with Nick, he’s not looking out of place at all,” Wighton said.

“I think all the boys have been very warm to Nick, he’s a great kid and he’s got a good heart.”

Cotric’s place in the team was opened following the departure of Edrick Lee. The tall winger left a big hole in the Raiders attack, but Cotric has stepped up and filled the position perfectly.

“I was pretty sad playing against big Eddy in the blue colours but it was good to see Nick go well.”

“He’s really stepping up and his confidence is showing and he hasn’t missed a beat.”

After only two games in the NRL and having already collected over 220 running metres, Cotric is going well, but Wighton knows they still need to help him develop as a player and give him the help he needs.

“Just the effort he put in over pre-season has really proved to us that he wants to be there with us and we’ve given him everything he needs and we’ll look after him.” 

Hear more from Wighton in the video above.

Article written by James Coman. 


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