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Nick Cotric capped off an incredible 2017 after being awarded the Canberra Raiders Rookie of the year at the Meninga Medal Awards night.

The local junior admits he's still in shock after his breakout year.

"I'm still pinching myself! To play every game this year is just surreal," Cotric said.

"All the players have been great to me this year especially Aidan Sezer who has taken me under his wing and is someone I look up to as a role model." 

"This is certainly a year which I will never forget."

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