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The Canberra Raiders have confirmed the re-signing of rising star Ethan Strange on a new deal, which will see him remain with the club until the end of the 2028 season.

Strange made his NRL debut in 2023 in the centres but has started the season in 2024 in his preferred position of five-eighth, showing he has the potential and ability to become an important cog in the green machine moving forward.

The 19-year-old Strange has shown in his short NRL career that he has all the attributes to establish himself in the NRL, with his running game and defence two huge strengths in his early season performances.

Strange said the support he’d received so far from the club, his teammates and the coaching staff had made his decision an easy one.

“This place has become my home and I love it and all the boys here,” Strange said. “I’m loving the way my footy is going and the Coaches trust in me. They don’t put too much pressure on me, and it makes it a great place to play footy.”

He said he was looking forward to improving and growing into his career alongside some of his best mates and thanked the Raiders for the opportunity to remain in green.  

“Having other guys I’ve played with who are my really good mates like Chevy (Stewart) and Micky (Asomua) all staying a bit longer makes it easy for me,” Strange said. “It’s great to see the club has put the trust in me to sign long term and I’m excited to see what we can build.”

Raiders NRL Recruitment Manager Joel Carbone said the re-signing of Strange was an important one for the club and he looked forward to seeing his continued progression in the years ahead.

“This is a very significant re-signing for us as a Club. We identified Ethan at a young age and knew if we were able to get him to Canberra and into our system, we’d give him the best possibility to start his NRL career,” Carbone said. “Ethan has had a really impressive start to his NRL career and we’re confident he will continue to grow with this group of players and staff around him.”

“We’re really excited about the level Ethan can take his game to and we are thrilled to have him commit to the club long-term.”

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