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Canberra Raiders rising star Joel Thompson has continued the Raiders recent run of re-signings, by agreeing to a new two year extension to keep him at the club until the end of 2013.
Thompson was under contract with the club until the end of 2011, but has been a key priority for the Raiders, after showing some brilliant form in the 2010 season before succumbing to a groin injury.
Beginning the year as an Indigenous All-Star, Thompson went on to be 18th man for Country Origin and at one stage led the Raiders try scoring list after a stunning beginning to the NRL season.
Speaking at Raiders HQ Today, Thompson said he was happy to remain with the team he loved playing for and said family was also a part of his decision to stay with the club.