Earlier in the week, the Canberra Raiders re-signed promising young forward Corey Horsburgh for a further three seasons, keeping him in Canberra until the end of the 2022 season.
Horsburgh, 21, made his NRL debut in round one this year and has continued to excite in his 10 appearances for the Raiders so far this season.
The young forward says he is proud of his achievements this year and is happy to be continuing his career in Canberra.
“I was really looking forward to signing and now that that’s all over I’m happy to be here,” Horsburgh said.
“I knew it was my last year, and I was just hoping to play some good footy and hopefully debut around this time, so to do it in round one and already re-sign is a proud moment.”
Horsburgh said he’s starting to feel more comfortable at the club and feels he’s handled the pace of the NRL well.
“I felt like I was starting to really get the pace of the game and find my feet,” Horsburgh said. “But a few more games and I’ll keep building and start to get more comfortable and hopefully stay there.
“I felt I had an impact against the stronger teams like the Roosters and the Rabbitohs and I matched it with the big forwards in the competition, and I felt like I kind of belonged there after that.”
Raiders co-captain Josh Hodgson said Horsburgh has settled down here in Canberra and believes he is an important signing for the club.
“I’m really happy for him, he’s a really good kid,” Hodgson said. “I’ve got a lot of time for him. He’s got that natural attitude where he just loves the game and he’s got that bit of aggression that it takes to win.”
“He seems to be settled down here and he’s a good young lad, he’s a fiery kid so he’s a good one to wind up for a laugh in the sheds."
“But he’s a great kid and whenever you have such a talent like that you know he’s going to be a big player for us, especially in years to come, so it’s fantastic for the club to sign him.”
Raiders co-captain Jarrod Croker is also excited to see Horsburgh remain with the club and believes the three-year deal will add to the depth of the team.
“It’s very exciting, to have Corey re-sign for the club is great,” Croker said. “He’s come along well in his first season with us and his first season of NRL.”
“He’s developed along nicely, he’s still got a lot to learn so it’s very pleasing that he wants to be here and learn here in Canberra.
“We speak about the quality of depth in our side and guys like Corey have really added to our depth this season.”