2018 season review: Blake Austin

The 2018 season was full of ups and downs for Blake Austin as the five-eighth signed off on his Canberra Raiders career.

Austin's season didn't begin as he would have wanted it to as he was dropped to the Raiders Intrust Super Premiership side Mounties following the green machine's first three defeats in the NRL.

The Doonside Roos junior was reinstated into the Raiders side for their round 6 clash against the Parramatta Eels at GIO Stadium where he scored a try in the green machine's 18-2 win. 

Austin continued to be a mainstay in the side for the remainder of the season and was later used in the Utility role by Coach Ricky Stuart towards the back end of the year when he bamboozled the tiring opposition defence.

His most memorable performance of the season came in the Raiders 32-28 win over the Bulldogs at Belmore Sports Ground where Austin was injected into the game for the remaining 15 minutes to turn on a stunning display as he ran in a try, clocked up 118 metres and produced three line breaks.

Blake Austin season statistics:

Tries: 5
Try assists: 7
Line breaks: 8
Line break assists: 9
Tackle breaks per game (average): 3.18
Offloads: 13
Runs (average): 8.86
Running metres (average): 81.87
Post contact metres (average): 20.07
Kicks (average): 3.55
Kick metres (average): 97.63
Tackles (average): 13.68

Blake Austin now departs the Raiders to join the Warrington Wolves in the English Super League in 2019. Everyone at the club would like to wish Blake and his family all the best.